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Projects

START Festival

Building on our previous success and celebrating all things cultural, we're bringing you an August-long programme featuring 'minifests', creative workshops, art exhibitions and an Arts & Crafts Fayre - all available free of charge/heavily discounted.

There's something for everyone so whether it's live music, film-making, poetry, performance, checking out our borough’s artists or trying out something new in one of our many workshops, you’re bound to find something that will get your creative juices flowing this summer!

More details here

Divest Tyne & Wear

Divest Tyne & Wear is a campaign by local citizens to end investment in fossil fuels by local councils to fund pensions. We are requesting they:

  • Do not invest any more funds into fossil fuel companies
  • Cease fossil fuel investment totally by 2026
  • Increase investment in sustainable green jobs, to benefit local people and the planet

More details here

Local Election Responses

Five of the local authority area members of Tyne & Wear Pension Fund held elections in May 2022. The pension fund invests more than £230 million in fossil fuels and has recently adopted a climate policy that means it is unlikely to end such investment until 2050.
All five councils - Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland - have declared a climate emergency and set targets to achieve either carbon neutral or net zero emissions by 2030.

We asked them about their approach to divestment - read their responses here

CAST COP26 public consultation report

To coincide with COP26, we held a public consultation to get your ideas and recommendations for the direction you want to see the council taking to fight climate change. On 30th March 2022, we submitted the CAST COP26 public consultation report to Jonathan Tew (Chief Executive Officer, South Tyneside Council) and his colleagues in the Regenerationand Environment Department.

You can read the fully-evidenced report here

bins & picks

In 2021, following discussions with our members, Morrisons South Shields kindly offered a number of litter bins to be located around South Tyneside and also agreed to sponsor organised litter picks. South Tyneside Council are also onboard with the project and have agreed to site the litter bins and incorporate them into their collection rounds.

More details here

COMING SOON: community-owned wind turbine project!

Energy poverty is a huge worry for all of us. But what if there was a way to be involved in a co-operative wind turbine project to bring benefits beyond simply energy production? The environmental positives aside, the promotion of community ownership and involvement can grow community cohesion and wealth, with members of the co-operative receiving an annual payment and the wider area benefiting from a ‘community fund’ as the capital generated being invested into further local projects.

More about our new project available soon.