Oxford Car Free Challenge report published

How did they do it? And what did we learn?

The Oxford Car Free Challenge report is published today. 10 out of the 12 participants reported that they intend to cut down on car use permanently as a result of participating in the project. Read more here -find out about the benefits of, and barriers to, driving less in Oxford – and what types of support can help.

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Come and meet us at the North Parade Market!

LCON runs a stall every 4th Saturday of the month at the North Parade market, 10am-2pm.

Pop along to see us, learn about our projects, discuss ideas, and meet others looking to reduce their carbon footprint. LCON members and other groups with similar interests to LCON are welcome to participate in the stall – contact us at info@lcon.org.uk. We hope to see you there!

Oxford Car Free Challenge launches

Next month sees the start of the Oxford Car Free Challenge. Twelve residents from across the city who regularly drive will be ditching their car keys for three weeks, to try alternative ways of getting around. The participants will have support from LCON’s project officers who can advise on journey planning, cycle and scooter hire, bus apps and much more. How will it work? What do we hope to get out of the project? Find out below.

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We’re looking for a new Trustee / Secretary to join our friendly team

Are you worried about the climate crisis and looking for ways to contribute locally and make a difference?

Our current Secretary is stepping down at the end of the year and we’re looking for a new trustee to take on the role of Secretary in the new year.

Being a trustee is an opportunity to get involved in LCON’s projects in whatever ways suit your interests and other commitments. LCON is keen for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved: you don’t need masses of experience or knowledge about climate change. As LCON’s Secretary you would have responsibility for reporting to regulatory bodies (eg Charity Commission); regulatory requirements including registration of new and retiring trustees and paperwork for AGMs; and risk management and insurance.

If you think you might be interested or would like to find out more, you can read more here, or contact our Coordinator Julia Patrick (julia.patrick@lcon.org.uk) to arrange an informal chat with one of our current trustees.

We’re recruiting! Part-time Administrator, deadline 26 Nov

Are you worried about the climate crisis and keen to contribute and make a difference? Do you have great organisational skills? Are you looking for a part-time opportunity to join a small, friendly team and develop your knowledge and networks?

We are looking for an enthusiastic freelance Administrator to join us for a one year project to consolidate, streamline and future-proof LCON’s administrative and communications systems.

Working as an independent contractor with oversight from one of LCON’s trustees, the Administrator will also assist LCON’s Chair and Secretary in carrying out their functions, including the organisation of board meetings, the AGM and other events, and taking minutes.

The one-year contract will be for 19 days (or around 12 hours a month) at £150 a day. There will be some flexibility in how these hours are allocated over the year, and a possibility of extension after one year.The deadline for applications is 26 November. More details here.

Housewarming – new dates for 2024

We’re excited to announce our next round of Housewarming meetings, kicking off on 9 January 2024!

Each meeting will focus on one of the seven Housewarming guides providing a comprehensive overview of retrofitting for energy-efficiency. There is also time set aside for more personalised peer support. By the end of the course of meetings participants will have much better awareness of how to prepare their homes for the future and be able to engage confidently with professionals in discussing their options.

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Freelance role: Oxford Car-Free Challenge Project Officer

An opportunity to support residents in trying out sustainable travel for everyday journeys

Low Carbon Oxford North are looking for a talented freelance Project Officer to help in delivering our exciting new project. The Oxford Car-Free Challenge aims to help regular car drivers to give the car a break and try out sustainable travel for their everyday journeys. The Project Officer will provide individual support and travel advice to participants and will bring them together to share their experience and support other residents in doing the same. They will work in partnership with the national climate action group, Possible, which is overseeing this project.

The Project Officer is expected to work for at least 28 days, with the hours spread between November 2023 and July 2024. The time commitment is expected to be at its greatest around the time of the challenge itself, currently planned for February/March 2024. There may be potential for additional hours if funding allows us to extend the project. Please read the further details and information on how to apply. The closing date for applications is 25 October 2023 and we expect to hold interviews on 2 November 2023.