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From film nights and climate conversations, clothes swaps and car boot sales, to practical composting and repair workshops find events that will help you waste less and save more.

Climate Book Group
Spring Cleaning Zero Waste Workshop
Uncover Rosehall's Edible Treasures: A Foraging Class
X Trillion Film Night
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The Nettle Dress Online Film Screening

Organised by: Highland Community Waste Partnership/Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop

Watch 'The Nettle Dress' from the comfort of your own home. A special online screening as part of the Highland Community Waste Partnership followed by a discussion about regenerative fibre production in Scotland.

Textile artist Allan Brown spends 7 years making a dress just from the fibre of foraged stinging nettles. A modern-day fairy tale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft.

Date: 22/02/24 Time: 19:00-21:00pm

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22 Feb

Compost Class

Organised by: Lochaber Environmental Group

It's an ideal time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for spring, and this session is designed to help you learn about composting. You will find out about setting up your compost bin and what goes into the mix, and how compost helps your garden.

There will be information about myths and common problems, along with how to use compost in your garden, along with a chance for questions and discussion at the end.

Date: 27/02/24 Time: 19:00-20:30pm

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22 Feb

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Climate conversations and film nights

Want an opportunity to reflect and discuss on climate change issues? These events provide communities with the opportunity to come together and do just that. 

  • Velocity and Transition Black Isle have recently joined the Climate Café Hub and hold regular events. Check out Climate Café Inverness and Climate Café Black Isle and keep an eye on our map.
  • Velocity also run a monthly book club where you can read about and discuss environmental and climate topics, and participating in a research project.
  • Partners are hosting local film screenings, in-person and online, to highlight and discuss a range of topics related to environmental issues.

Food waste and composting workshops

Reducing food waste is an important part of addressing climate change and saves you money on your food bill.  Where food waste cannot be avoided, composting is a great way to reduce its impact, by saving waste from being sent to landfill and turning it into a resource instead. This saves you having to buy compost to fertilise your garden.

  • Our food waste reduction workshops teach you to make the most of what's in your kitchen, helping to make things last for longer, use what you have and only what you need. This includes fermenting sessions, chutney and preserve workshops, cookery classes aimed to reduce left overs and information sessions providing hints and tips.
  • Lochaber Environmental Group run regular composting and wormery workshops and provide free composters to households in Lochaber. Check out the spotlight below to see how attending a composting workshop helped Sarah on her composting journey.

Read more about our work on the food waste and composting section of our website and find out about upcoming events on Facebook or Instagram and here on our events page.

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Composting food waste at home.

Read how Lochaber Environmental Group's composting workshop helped Sarah on her composting journey.

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Sharing events

Sharing events are a great way to reduce waste and can include anything from clothes, tools, household goods, sporting equipment and toys. You can donate your own unwanted items and take away something useful either for free or for much less than buying new.

  • As part of our programme of events, the HCWP partners have hosted a number of local 'Pre-loved' events for clothes and other goods. 
  • Velocity also held an innovative art materials swap in Inverness, which was a success, rehoming over 300 items that would have otherwise likely gone to waste -and cost more money to buy new!

Repair workshops

Keep things you love for longer and save money on buying new. A number of repair events are on the map.

  • Black Isle Repair Café runs monthly repair cafes in different locations throughout the Black Isle. Check out the Spotlight below to read more about them. Fort William Repair Cafe will now run repair cafes every 3 months. 
  • Velocity run regular Mending Circles to create an open, sociable and informal space where you can do your mending. They also run Textile Mending and Repair Sewcial sessions with The Wee Fabric Shop
  • Broadford & Strath also run Make Do and Mend drop in sessions where you can learn how to repair, darn, mend and re-purpose clothes and textiles.

Read more about our work on the sharing and repairing section of our website and find out about upcoming events on Facebook or Instagram and here on our events page. 

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Repair Cafés

Repair Cafés are set up to help people repair things, from tools and textiles, to electrical and digital technology. This helps reduce unnecessary waste and save money, as well as othe resources.

The Transition Black Isle Repair Café was set up as part of the Highland Community Waste Partnership and currently runs as a monthly pop-up event around the region.

Click on the button below to read more about the initiatives and how things are going one year on.

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Upcycling, reusable crafts and eco-events

Our partners run a range of upcycling, reusable crafts and eco events, in-person and online for you to learn a new skill in a fun and social way while saving waste going to landfill. Session include: felted soaps, reusable face pads, making bunting from waste materials, reusable bags, furniture upcycling and reusable nappy making class.

Lairg District Learning Centre also run regular Maker Space drop in sessions to provide a social space for crafty folk to work on upcycling and reusable craft projects.

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