Playbusters awarded £450,000 of Climate Challenge Funding
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £449,662 over three years by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for our Grow Green with Glasgow’s East End programme.
The Grow Green programme will address issues of climate change across the East End of Glasgow with leadership from young people and volunteers. Through local food growing, energy saving, recycling and re-use, we are establishing a change in culture towards climate change and creating a sustainable future for the community.
The news comes in the week that we host the Grow Green Awards Night 2012 which celebrate all of the inspiring work that has taken place over the last year to help make the East End and North East of Glasgow more sustainable.
There will be awards for individuals, groups, schools, and local businesses that are making a real difference; whether they are getting people out on their bikes, growing their own food or even setting up a community composting scheme.
The awards night will be held on Wednesday 14th March at the Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green.
Jeremy Laycock, Senior Climate Challenge Officer at Playbusters said:
“Continued support from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund shows that the work we are doing fits well with their ongoing aims in terms of tackling climate change in the years ahead.
"The continued funding recognises the success we have had in engaging the community in our work and in particular at involving volunteers in all stages of our project. It will allow us to build on the last two years, including running cycling clubs, helping people to reduce their energy bills and we have set up a number of community gardens, including Crownpoint Community Garden where we have worked with a wide range of partners to deliver a beautiful garden that will be a real resource for the community.
“We will take advantage of the Junior Climate Challenge Fund to expand the Grow Green programme’s youth activities; including ‘low carbon lifestyle’ training for young people, regular cycling clubs and further developing our successful toy swaps.
"We are determined to change people's attitudes and we believe that we have been doing just that, particularly with our fashion swap shop – Simply Swap – which has been hugely successful at changing the way that people view ‘waste’ and helping to take away the stigma attached to second hand items.
“The Grow Green Awards are crucial in our programme and we are very much looking forward to celebrating the achievements of all our nominees.
Last year’s Sustainable Business Award winner, Phil Brady from PR Print said “We were delighted to win our award last year and felt this vindicated our journey in lowering our business footprint while offering our customers re-cycled papers at no extra cost and allowing them to use the Carbon Neutral Publication logo on their printed products. This encouraged us to apply for a Vibes award last year and we were shortlisted for an award in the small business categories.
We would like to thank the team at Playbusters for their support in helping us get the message across to potential customers that using a greener supplier doesn’t result in any loss of quality or have cost implications.”