Category Archives: Community

Community Energy Update – Open Homes Training – Volunteer Training – Launch of Community Energy Fund

Dear Community Sustainable Energy Group member,

Just a brief note concerning some free training, apologies for the short notice.

There is some free training and limited mentoring support for setting up an open homes project, with sessions being held in Exeter and Poole. More information

Dorset Community Energy; a new renewable energy co-operative which Dorset County Council, Wessex Community Assets and a range of partners will be setting up in March/April 2013, with financial support from the Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably project.

An information evening for community groups on the new co-operative is being held – to book and more information please follow the link below……

There is also some free training on the 5th February on managing volunteers for those involved in Voluntary Organisations.

@Also Energize Stur Valley are organising a conference on RE on the 16th Feb. More information @


Chair, Community Sustainable Energy Group


Sturminster Newton Community Garden DIY SOS!

Age Concern Sturminster Newton
North Dorset High School

Age Concern is running an all day event Wednesday 22nd May 2012 9.30 am to 4.00 pm at Sturminster Newton High School

Any time Commitment appreciated from 1 hour to a few hours, and you need to please enroll with the Project Coordinator

We have one day to:

  • Mark out design of garden
  • Dig out pathways and fill with hardcore
  • Construct raised beds
  • Put in place a reliable rain fed water supply
  • Shift compost into raised beds


Would you like to get outside in the fresh air and engage in productive activity for a few hours this Wednesday 22nd August?

Skills required:

  • No experience necessary though knowledge of DIY and gardening would be a bonus
  • Enthusiasm, team work, determination

Materials and training provided

Refreshments on offer of tea, coffee, biscuits and cake

Supervised by Age Concern Project Coordinator and working with the Age Concern site team.

Please contact: Age Concern North Dorset on 01258 475582 or Sturquest on 01258 471456

Support for involving Youth Groups in Green activities

Dear colleague,

da21 has recieved a small amount of funding to work alongside Dorset Youth Association and Dorset Volunteer Bureau to assist environmental groups and organisations to engage with young people.

We are aware that many of you are already involving young people in your work and projects, this support is to build on this, and help to remove some of the barriers around involving young people for those who wish to.

More details are in the letter attached to this email, but a summary of the support we can provide includes

  • Support in attracting youth volunteers to your project / group
  • Two training events, the first planned in October on managing volunteers with a particular emphasis on the skills needed to work with young people
  • A conference in March 2013 bringing together young people and environmental groups working or aspiring to work with them.
  • Advice on CRB checks (which are not always necessary) and free CRB checks where needed
  • Free First Aid Training

Please do get in touch if you feel that you would benefit from support from the project, which runs until March 2013.

Please forward the information to groups and individuals who you feel may benefit.

Apologies for any cross postings.

kind regards
Paul McIntosh & Susan Anders

Project website

Paul McIntosh

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Working in partnership with Dorset Community Action

For the good of all the Community


I hope that you are all coping with our English Summer, I know I have been colder some days and nights lately than in Winter, oh and the rain and we still don’t have enough water to go around.

I entered the scary world of North Dorset Planning Committee and it was a real eye opener.

How we are going to marry the needs of the many to those of well meaning small groups ? I just do not know ! Whilst respecting everyone’s right to have their say, at some stage there has to be a notion “For the good of all the Community”

North Dorset’s approach to Sustainability and our targets for renewable energy leave us languishing far behind other Counties in Britiain who are doing more than their fair share.

Its time we in Dorset stood up and opened our eyes to the responsibility we all share and the need for greater emphasis on renewable energy.

To do this we need groups, communities to work with planners, project installers, funders so that together they can create their own local sustainable projects that all add towards the collective good of our Countries commitments.

The time is now, get involved take a look at Dorset Energized, support your local Stur Valley Energy Group but above all do something.

Please pass this message onto anyone you know, light up our County and make us top of the UK league not bottom.

On another point if anyone knows of a chill display unit that they don’t want or use Gold Hill Organics would love to hear from them. They have a project to turn more of their wonderful Veggies and sales into ready to use servings.

You can get their contact number and address by going to our Food Map,they would be really pleased to hear from you,

Best Wishes, Vince

REMINDER!! – WEDNESDAY 15th FEBRUARY @ 9am – Hedge Planting Day at Orchard Farmhouse

Last planting day at Orchard Farmhouse

Orchard Farmhouse, Wonston, Hazelbury Bryan, DT10 2EE
Wednesday 15th February at 9.00am
Includes organic lunch!

Community Showcase

WEDNESDAY 15th FEBRUARY @ 9am – Hedge Planting Day at Orchard Farmhouse

Last planting day at Orchard Farmhouse

Orchard Farmhouse, Wonston, Hazelbury Bryan, DT10 2EE
Wednesday 15th February at 9.00am
Includes organic lunch!