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Practical learning in Lairg

Lairg and District Learning Centre talk about their Energy Savers - Train to Gain project.

The Energy Savers - Train to Gain project is run by Lairg & District Learning Centre. The project is supported by a grant of £112,877 from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund which includes maximum funding of £23,595 from the European Regional Development Fund

We were pleased to catch up with Project Co-ordinator, Jane Dixon who gave us a summary of some of the project activities.


The project provides workshops and classes to help the local community reduce carbon emissions through saving energy, reducing waste and growing their own food. Outreach, training and events run across Sutherland, including Energy Cafes where staff advise community members about energy saving measures.

Facebook activity from the project paints a vivid picture of their varied workshops, including many opportunities for the local community to repair old furniture and upcycle scrap materials into useful items.

The project has also worked well in partnership with others, including local CCF Project East Sutherland Energy Advice. You can find out more through the video recording of their Climate Snapshots presentation at the CCF Gathering.

You can find more CCF case studies covering energy efficiency and waste, plus other themes of project in the case studies section of the CCF website.

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grants programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, which provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

13 February 2018

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