Resilience

Resilience at Frome Town Council

Frome Town Council employs one of the only sustainability officers at town council / parish level in the country. Anna Francis joined the team in April 2014 and since that time has set up a range of projects, supported groups to cut waste and carbon and raised over £850,000 in external funding. The aim of the role is to secure greater resilience and self-reliance in energy and resource-use, support the creation of jobs and training opportunities, enhance wellbeing and to build upon the community’s support for sustainability.

Here are a few things you can do in Frome to help reduce carbon and costs:

1) Consider switching energy supplier, this saves on average £200 a year and the green energy companies such as Good Energy and Ecotricity are now very competitively priced – they also do green gas now too. You can compare prices impartially at www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/or www.comparethemarket.com/energy/ to compare which green energy tariff is best for you click here

2) Contact the CSE’s free home energy advice line on 0800 082 2234 to find out about any grants or to ask any energy-related questions. Frome also has a team of energy volunteers – if you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay energy bills do get in touch

3) Join Frome’s car club – affordable, convenient and low carbon. Perfect if you need access to a vehicle now and again: www.co-wheels.org.uk/frome

4) Hire an e-bike for only £5 for half a day – book on-line here

4) Pop into the UK’s first Share shop on the Bridge and see what you can borrow. The average drill is only used 13 minutes in its lifetime, so sharing tools, toys, leisure, catering and other equipment is a great solution. Most items are only £1 or £2 to borrow for a week: www.sharefrome.org

5) Join lift-share to cut journey costs and carbon: https://somerset.liftshare.com/

6) Reduce food waste, compost and recycle as much as you can – you can now share food that  you’re not going to use at Frome’s unique community fridge which featured on Jamie Oliver and Jimmy’s Food Feast recently

7) Take a look at Frome’s Green Directory to help make your home or more comfortable and green. Even small changes, such as draught proofing, or thermal blinds – can make a big difference.

8) Join Sustainable Frome’s mailing list to find out what green events and projects are happening each month – they also have free workshops on the first Thursday of the month exploring each of the One Planet principles.

Key areas of work

The resilience role focuses on the main objectives in Frome Council’s strategic plan and links in with the One Planet Living framework that underpins Frome’s Neighbourhood Plan. Key activities include: Reducing Energy Demand and Costs, Cutting emissions from transport and reducing waste. Frome has committed to becoming a zero carbon town as part of its Clean Healthy Future programme. A range of events and workshops are hosted as part of this. The council is also working to reduce plastic waste, more info here
Cheese & Grain Eco-Refurb

Cheese and Grain Case Study: Frome Town Council has invested in the Cheese & Grain to generate energy (through installing solar panels) and save energy (by improving draught-proofing, creating more natural light, installing LED lighting and tap sensors).In recognition  of this investment, the project has been awarded a prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in 2014.

Transport: key activities include securing funding and lobbying for better public transport services, setting up and promoting Frome’s car club which cuts carbon, costs and pollution, promoting walking and cycling and launching a volunteer driver scheme for Frome. We have a sustainable transport policy and are helping to organise the Active Travel Challenge with local schools.

Resilience Summer Placements

Are you looking to build up your work experience? Frome Town Council is offering two flexible summer placement in our exciting resilience team. From becoming a ‘plastic-free’ town to cutting air pollution to helping Frome become one of the UK’s first fossil fuel free towns, it’s a growing and important area. Many previous summer placements have gone on to get paid positions in sustainability.

The candidates will work on a range of projects: from helping secure ‘plastic free’ status to promoting the country’s first Sharing Shop (www.sharefrome.org) and community fridge, to supporting our volunteer driver scheme and our pioneering work around renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The role will entail:

  • Marketing and community engagement
  • Research
  • Fundraising support
  • Communications such as liaising with local press, social media and proof-reading
  • Admin support
  • Project implementation
  • Other duties as they arise

We are looking for two enthusiastic people to join the team. They need to be motivated and hard-working, with an attention to detail. Experience of research, marketing, communications and / or fundraising would be an advantage.

This is a part time, two days a week, summer position. The proposed days of work are Thursday and Friday, starting in June and ending in September (dates are flexible). A weekly contribution of £50 towards transport and subsistence will be provided. The candidate will be based at our council offices at Frome Town Hall, Christchurch St West, Frome, BA11 1EB

To apply please send your CV and a short letter outlining why you would like the role and what skills you can offer by 9am Tuesday 4th June 2019, to Anna Francis

Further information

For further information on these activities or if you have any ideas to cut carbon and costs please contact Anna Francis, Resilience Officer at francisa@frometowncouncil.gov.uk