Community Support Worker
Hi! I’m Ali and I joined AfSL in January as the Community Support Worker for the West Gorton Energy Academy Project.
I’ve lived in Manchester since 2005 and have been involved in environmental campaigning and activism since then, doing everything from student steering groups at university and community campaigns around airport expansion to taking direct action on the fossil fuel industry. I believe that we’re at a really crucial tipping point with regards to climate change and environmental sustainability and making the changes we need to see has to come from within communities as much as from political leaders. I’m really excited by having the opportunity to work with AfSL to generate some of this change.
For the past 5 years I’ve mostly been working in social housing doing advice and advocacy work, so the Energy Academy project is a great opportunity for me to unite these skills with my passion for working towards environmental sustainability and grassroots change.
I’ve got an unquenchable love of the outdoors so outside of working and campaigning you’re most likely to find me riding my bike, climbing mountains or learning to sea kayak!
I’m looking forwards to meeting more of the AfSL network over the next few months and if anyone has any questions about the project then you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-ordinator of Energy Academy
Corin Bell has been with AfSL since January 2012 and is a Co-ordinator for the Energy Academy Programme. Corin works directly with Housing Associations across Greater Manchester to engage and support local residents in learning about energy efficiency and sustainability, reducing their domestic energy use, and helping others to do the same. The programme aims to support tenants in reducing their carbon footprint, help those on limited incomes to reduce or avoid fuel poverty, and recruit community volunteers to help us spread the word.
Corin is a freelance sustainability worker specialising in communications, engagement, energy efficiency and sustainable food. She has been working and volunteering in sustainability for around 5 years in the public and charity sectors.
Hidden talents: making amazing curries, baking bread, correcting other people's spelling and grammar, growing (and eating) veg, and asking the question (probably far too often)…. I wonder if you can make booze out of that?
Energy Academy Programme Manager
Simon joined AfSL in 2011 to help progress the development of the Energy Academy programme, which he now manages. He has wide experience of sustainability, built up over 20 years managing environmental projects at local, city-regional and EU levels. Simon combines his AfSL hours with working part-time at Ethical Consumer co-operative, based in Hulme, Manchester.
Hidden Talents: raised-bed construction, stopping at red lights when cycling, and not believing the hype.
Volunteer Suppot Worker and Secretariat to M:ACF
Steph joined AfSL as Volunteer Support Worker in May 2013. Steph is responsible for recruiting volunteers to AfSL's E-Team and finding them volunteer opportunities on LPM projects and with other environmental events. Stephanie has a background of working with volunteers as she is a Campaign Lead at Manchester Friends of the Earth and a Recovery Worker at Rethink Mental Illness.
During the day, Steph is mainly thinking about bees as she is part of the Bee Cause Campaign. By night, she throws on a sparkly costume and performs bellydance at a number of venues in Manchester.
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Action for Sustainable Living (AfSL) is an award-winning Manchester based charity working to engage, enthuse and support people take action on environmental sustainability.
We offer training and support to individuals, communities and organisations throughout Greater Manchester and wider UK.
Our supported volunteering model unlocks the potential of individuals to achieve positive and lasting social, environmental and economic change.
Our services for local authorities, schools, housing associations and businesses address environmental priorities including energy efficiency, waste management, sustainable travel and food growing. We work closely with organisations and their stakeholders, by sharing professional knowledge and infectious enthusiasm to deliver action on the ground.
In 2008 we won a Guardian Charity of the Year award in recognition of our upbeat, inclusive and people-centred approach to progressing sustainability.
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Mark Roberts was at Manchester Town Hall last Friday to receive a Sliver Level 4 Thriving Communities Award from the Royal Horticultural Society. Our two Princes Trust work placement volunteers, Connor and Stephen were there too to share their experiences of working at the garden. A great opportunity to network with other like-minded organisations, and […]