The bedrock of Climate Action Leeds is the local community hubs.
Community climate hubs are based in eight areas across Leeds to facilitate community-led climate action within neighbourhoods.
Each of the eight community hubs welcomes input, involvement and action from its local residents in order to help make changes for the better in their local areas.
Development work began at varying paces in the first four areas - Garforth, Seacroft, Beeston and Otley - around October 2020 and early 2021. The following four areas - Alwoodley, Armley, Little London and Horsforth - were identified and began development work around October 2021 and early 2022.
Hub locations have been selected carefully to reflect the diversity of different geographical communities in Leeds, for example; market towns, inner city, outer suburbs, and more.
In each area we are supporting residents to develop a local climate action group who will work with us to create their own community climate action plan, based on local priorities.
The programme provides each local hub with budget for the activities agreed in their plan and the employment of a local hub worker for three years (two days per week) to support the group, hub and activities.
What are the community hubs?
The hubs may operate from a local building such as a community venue or shop front. They might be ‘pop up’ style and be at different locations on different days, or they might be online ‘virtual’ hubs.
Of particular importance in working with some communities is to identify the climate actions which also help to tackle the everyday problems and challenges they face, such as low-quality housing that is expensive to heat, poor transport links, insufficient green space and growing spaces, and low-nutrition processed foods.
In all communities it is important to start with the specific interests of the local group and develop from there.
They will be run by people living and/or working in the neighbourhood, who choose their own focus and agenda.
They will be supported by a part-time hub worker employed locally, to create a broad range of actions and changes across different scales, sectors, and types of activities.
Climate Action Armley
Everyone living, working or connected to the Armley area is welcome to join us and get involved in addressing climate change in a locally meaningful way - whether that's through recycling, repairing, lending, growing or redistributing food, or protecting trees and wildlife habitats.
Come with ideas for projects, campaigns and events or just a willingness to get involved wherever you can.
We're supported by New Wortley Community Centre and working collaboratively with other local organisations and groups.
Our Future Beeston
For people who live or work in the Beeston area interested in reducing waste, creating more green spaces, reducing fuel bills, food security, warmer homes, better air quality, safer streets, composting, green energy, supporting your local economy... anything that could create a zero carbon, climate resilient, socially just and nature friendly Beeston.
Horsforth Climate Action
Established in 2022, the Horsforth Climate Action hub is blossoming, currently having several very active working groups including Food, Nature, Transport, Repair and Reuse, Schools and young people, Inclusion and Local Business. Further developments in the pipeline include the progression of an energy group, a communications group and the creation of a social justice group. HCA is supported by St Margaret's Church and working collaboratively with other Horsforth organisations and groups.
A growing network of people in Otley who are bringing the town together to create climate-friendly and sustainable communities where people and nature thrive together.
Otley 2030’s goal is to make the town a carbon-zero, sustainable and fair place to live by the 2030s, and to ensure that this transition is made in a just and democratic way, involving all areas of the local community.
Climate Action Seacroft
Working with residents alongside other organisations in LS14 as part of the 'We are Seacroft' collaboration. Climate Action Seacroft is currently focusing on growing - food, flowers, trees & community! We meet on the fourth Monday of the month at LS14 Trust or Chapel FM & welcome new people & new ideas!