Over the last few months, VONNE and the other members of the VONNE Climate Action Alliance (VCAA) have been working hard to engage and discuss with others in the North East VCSE sector about how we can create and support a movement of organisations to take climate action by:
- increasing their knowledge and understanding of the topic
- supporting them to make organisational changes and,
- supporting them to develop climate action activities in and through their work.
This work has been supported through the Catalyst and National Lottery Community Fund Covid-19 Digital Programme. Through the Discovery and Definition programmes earlier in the year, we explored and articulated the problem we're setting out to address, carried out lots of user research with organisations, built a prototype website and carried out testing and conversations on some tools that we could develop to support the sector. Most organisations we spoke to said they need help to take their first steps to address the climate emergency, and that they want to learn more about the issue and how they could or should respond.
In July, we were successful in receiving funding and support through the Development phase of the programme. This enabled us to work alongside digital and design partner SIDE Labs and communications agency di:ga communications to co-develop and design a web-based engagement and action tool, Going Green Together. The website enables and encourages organisations to find and take their first steps in a variety of topic areas such as office, travel, energy, food, engagement and waste. It also encourages organisations to share and inspire others with the actions they've taken. Di:ga Communications worked with us to develop a communications and engagement strategy, to not only promote the new website but to continue to build our network to create a real movement of change in the sector.
Do visit the website and tell us what you think. This is just the first iteration, and we’d love to hear your thought on whether it is useful and what else you’d like to see. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're also holding an MeetUp for organistaions interested in Going Green Together on Thursday 14th October between 16:30-17:30 where organisations will have the opportunity to feedback on the new website, hear from each other and about the next steps/ future work of the VONNE Climate Action Alliance and our going Green Together initiative. Find out more and sign up via our MeetUp page.
For the VONNE Climate Action Alliance, the first iteration of the Going Green Together website is just the beginning. We've got a long wish-list of other things that we'd love to add and implement to the site. However, we have learnt a lot about design thinking in recent weeks through the Catalyst programmes. We know we need to pause where we are, test and trial what we've developed with users, see what needs to be improved and then iterate, prototype and test again.
Beyond digital tools, the VCAA has developed plans and is currently seeking funding for a wider programme of support for VCSE organisations wishing to develop their climate action further. This programme, which we hope to launch in early 2022, will include events, workshops and training sessions, the development of resources and toolkits, subsidised access to the Investors in the Environment framework and SmartCarbon carbon calculator, and seed funding for climate action projects. Watch this space!
Join our Going Green Together network so we can keep you up to date about these developments, funding opportunities and events. We can help you learn, take your first steps in climate action, and share your successes with the community to help inspire others. Connect with us and others by joining our network in any of the following ways.
- Visit our website - Home: Going Green Together
- Meet, learn and connect - Join our Meetup group
- Get updates to your inbox - Sign up for our newsletter
- Read the latest news - Subscribe to the blog
- Follow us on Twitter at @GoingGreen_NE
- Follow our Facebook page at Going Green Together
- Follow our LinkedIn profile at Going Green Together
- Drop us a line to give us your feedback on the site at email@example.com.