Working Together to Create Green & Healthy Future for Frome
The Green and Healthy Futures Programme is a pioneering partnership between Edventure: Frome, Frome Medical Practice and Frome Town Council. It is funded through the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund
The premise is that healthier people make a healthier planet, and a healthier planet supports healthier people. The programme will tell a new story that engages people who would not normally get involved for climate reasons alone. Alongside storytelling and community development activities the project will deliver a catalogue of community-led climate and health initiatives that can work sustainably in Frome.
Future Shed & Storytelling
Edventure Frome CIC are co-ordinating the partnership. We’re organising Future Shed – a space to come together and create a greener and healthier town in practical ways. We’re hosting conversations inviting local businesses & citizens to get involved in securing a greener, healthier landscape – together. And, we’re offering start-up support for residents, groups, and organisations to share their ideas and get support to bring their climate and health projects to life. Join a practical workshop or convo, make new connections and learn new skills, so that we’re working together for a greener, healthier future.
Frome Medical Practice’s Green Community Connector programme is supporting local people to explore how we can take positive steps to make a difference to our planet and our wellbeing. Want to feel more confident talking about climate and health win-wins? Want to build local knowledge on the support on offer in Frome? Join the Green Community Connectors by taking a free 1-hour training. Their Choosing Wisely campaign is supporting clinical staff, patients, and the public to make better-informed health decisions, reducing the amount and impact of pharmaceuticals prescribed, linked with an array of low carbon, healthy activities.
Frome Town Council are hosting a Healthy Homes programme in partnership with The Centre for Sustainable Energy. The team are able to help with accessing financial support, lowering your energy bills, moving to low carbon heating, home insulation or dealing with energy debt. They’re also running a Cycle Together scheme – residents can borrow an ebike for four weeks and attend up to six hours of guided group rides – free of charge. The aim is to build confidence, and encourage people to include cycling in their everyday journeys therefore increasing activity & wellbeing, whilst reducing carbon emissions and congestion.
We are really excited as a practice to continue working with Frome Town Council, Edventure Frome and our community. This grant will further support us working together and accelerate our work towards a healthy and sustainable future. Our long term health and the wellbeing of our community relies on each one of us playing our part in supporting the health of our planet.
Dr Helen Kingston. Senior Partner, Frome Medical Practice
Projects that create benefits for both climate and health come in many shapes and sizes. Getting on bikes rather than in cars both reduces our carbon footprint and is good for our health; growing veg can be good for mental health and is greener than buying produce from supermarkets; car sharing can help people make closer friendships and save on petrol; time spent active in nature can reduce our need for more medication.
Johannes Moeller. M.D. Edventure: Frome
As one of the first councils to declare a climate emergency we set a commitment to be zero carbon by 2030. We could never as a council meet this in isolation and that is why working in partnership with Edventure Frome and Frome Medical Practice, but also with residents in the town is so very important, and that the twin priorities of well-being and climate action are seen as one and the same. The award from the Climate Action Fund will enable us to move forward with real projects which will meet these aims and help us to really make a change in people’s lives: Ensuring warmness and wellness, whilst really committing to a cleaner, greener, healthier future.
Anita Collier. Mayor of Frome
We held our first public event online on April 29th. Here’s a video of highlights – including how to register for the free electric bikes we’re offering, how to access help to make your home warmer and healthier, how to sign up for free training to become a Green Community Connector, and how to come to our free Future Shed events.
From our blog
On September 17, together with Frome Town Council’s Resilience Manager, Nikki Brain and independent food researcher Hugh Thomas, Future Shed Frome will be hosting a conversation about “Future-proofing Frome’s local food network”. Local food producers, retailers, restauranteurs, hospitality businesses and passionate local citizens are invited to come along. We will explore the findings of recent […]