Low Carbon Oxford North is looking for new trustees

Are you worried about the climate crisis and looking for ways to contribute locally and make a difference? Oxford charity Low Carbon Oxford North are seeking new trustees.

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. Trustees meet once a month and they also – depending on availability and interests – step forward to lead or take part in projects. We have an experienced bookkeeper to deal with our modest financial transactions, and a brilliant co-ordinator who provides project management and keeps everything moving.  If you think you might be interested or would like to find out more, please contact our chair Rebecca by email to arrange an informal chat (chair@lcon.org.uk), or read this document.

Come to one of our warm and friendly Climate Cafes

Are you feeling concerned, anxious or overwhelmed by the climate crisis? Climate Cafés provide a supportive space in which to talk about how the climate crisis is affecting us – without pressure to act. They take place monthly, alternating between Saturdays at The North Wall Arts Centre, and Sundays at Common Ground Workspace

Everyone is welcome – we hope to see you there!

More details and dates on our Climate Cafe web page.

To receive our monthly newsletters with news and updates on our climate cafes and other events and activities, click here.

Freelance role: Housewarming co-ordinator

Freelance role: Housewarming co-ordinator

An opportunity to help an active low-carbon group take a successful project to the next stage

Low Carbon Oxford North are looking for a talented freelance community/events organiser to help us take Housewarming to the next level.  Housewarming aims to help homeowners prepare their homes to cut down energy use and phase out fossil fuels. It works through six informative Guides, written especially for Housewarming by an expert in low-energy homes. We also enable people to share experiences through a WhatsApp group and monthly support meetings, which we call Housewarmings.

The opportunity is available from the end of January to 30 September 2023 in the first instance. Working as an independent contractor for up to a day a week, the organiser will focus on supporting the Housewarming programme and expanding its reach significantly.

Please read the further details and information on how to apply. The closing date for applications is 30 December 2022 and we expect to hold interviews in the w/c 16 January 2023.

Energy Saving Homes bite-size films launched!

We were delighted to see the launch of Energy Saving Homes bite-size films last Tuesday, as part of Great Big Green Week. Many thanks to all those who came.

The bite-size films are a series of 2-4 minute films made by Energy Saving Homes, a project of Communities for a Zero Carbon Oxford. Funded by the Low Carbon Hub and Oxford City Council, the films are all about how to save energy in your home – with examples from real people.

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Do you need support energy-proofing your home? Join our monthly Housewarming meetings

Following the launch of our Housewarming Guides, we will be running a series of monthly ‘Housewarmings’ – structured meetings with local residents. Everyone who lives in North Oxford is warmly invited – if you have not yet joined the existing networking group, you are welcome to do so now. The monthly meetings will start on Tuesday 11 October and continue until July 2023 and will be held at the Woodstock Road Baptist Church, 198 Woodstock Road, OX2 7NQ (corner of Beech Croft Road). All the meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month, every month except for December and April. They start at 7.30 pm and finish at 9.00 pm. 

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Public meeting and AGM, 19 July 2022

Public meeting and AGM, 19 July 2022

We look forward to welcoming you to LCON’s public meeting on the evening of 19 July (19.30 – 21.00). As well as holding our formal Annual General Meeting, we will be launching the full suite of Housewarming guides and setting out our plans for Housewarming from September onwards. The meeting is also a chance to express your views and concerns, to tell us how you think we can be as effective as possible, and to explore how you can get involved. Whatever your skills and interests, please come along and take part.

We are holding the meeting via Zoom: click here to register for the link.

Programme for the evening

19.30 Start and registration

19.40 Annual General Meeting – the formal AGM business. Everyone is welcome; members can vote. Please see information and links to documents below.

20.10 Housewarming: Short presentation and discussion

20.30 How to get involved in LCON’s work: small-group activity with trustees

21.00 Close

Annual General Meeting

This is the formal notice of LCON’s Annual General Meeting. Everyone is very welcome to attend the whole evening, but voting at the AGM is limited to LCON members. You can check this by following the ‘Update my preferences’ link at the bottom of any of our mailings. If you don’t get mailings from us, sign up here!

The AGM agenda and papers can be found below. The agenda includes links to the documents, including the annual report and accounts (combined in one document), and a proxy form for anyone who cannot attend. We can send a paper copy of the annual report and accounts to anyone who would like one (email us to request this).

Agenda for LCON AGM 2022

LCON trustees report and annual accounts 2021

Proxy form for members who cannot attend

If any members cannot attend the AGM, they can appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. This could be any member, including the chair. It helps us a lot if you do this, so if you can’t attend, please download and fill in the proxy form, and return it to Rebecca Nestor by 18 July. 

We still have vacancies for new trustees, so if you are interested, please get in touch to find out more. The AGM is not the only opportunity to join the board, as we can co-opt trustees at any time during the year. We are particularly hoping to broaden the diversity of the board and we especially encourage people of colour, younger people and men to consider the role. You don’t need specialist knowledge, though this is always welcome: we want people who live in our community and care about climate change. To find out what is involved and have an informal chat, please contact our chair Rebecca Nestor, or feel free to raise this in the small-group activity on the evening of the AGM. 

Energy Saving Homes is underway! 18 – 29 June

We hope to see many of you during Energy Saving Homes – whether you want to visit an Energy Saving home in Oxford and hear from the householder, or find out about a range of options for energy efficiency and renewable generation at our Energy Saving Fair on 26 June. See all the details below or visit the Energy Saving Homes website.

Find out which homes are open on which days on the website energysavinghomes.org or visit  Daily Info. And click here to download a list of homes you can visit in north Oxford.