Getting involved with your local community can really help you make a difference to the area that you live in. There are plenty of opportunities in Wyre Forest to get involved in voluntary groups with a focus on sustainability issues.
The Transition Network is an international network of voluntary, community-led initiatives. Each transition initiative (a village, town or city) is working to help their community become more resilient by reducing reliance on fossil fuels, for example by promoting local food production, energy efficiency and renewable energy and more sustainable transport. There are active transition initiatives in Kidderminster and Bewdley and they are always on the look out for more volunteers.
Transition Bewdley came together in response to the twin pressures of peak oil and climate change. Members of the group are from all backgrounds and professions, but are united in working towards reducing Bewdley’s dependence on fossil fuels and the town’s carbon footprint. Transition Bewdley focus on energy (e.g. looking at the potential for community renewable energy projects and promoting energy conservation, including in Listed Buildings) and food/ land. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition Kidderminster was launched in 2013 and has a Mission Statement - to make Kidderminster a happier, better-fed, better-exercised, better place to live! The steering group meets monthly, and a separate food group has been set up to set up projects such as community orchards/allotments and garden share schemes. To find out more, visit the Transition Kidderminster website or email email@example.com.
Regular Repair Cafe events are now taking place in Wyre Forest. A Repair Cafe is a friendly, relaxing and social meeting space where people can take their broken, damaged or torn household items for repair advice, repair or sharpening free of charge. The types of items include electrical appliances, electronic gadgets, furniture, toys, ceramics, jewellery, garments and fabrics, clocks, garden equipment, tools and much more. The sessions take place 10am – 2pm at Kidderminster Youth House on the first Saturday of each month and St George’s Hall in Bewdley on the third Saturday of each month. Run entirely by volunteers, anyone can pop in even just for a cuppa and slice of cake. Repairs are free, but donations are encouraged to ensure the Repair Cafe can keep running in future. Organisers are also on the lookout for more volunteer repairers or as part of the team that meet and greet visitors. Find out more via the Transition Group contacts above.
There are lots of other environmentally focussed voluntary opportunities in Wyre Forest. These include: