A new community drop-in space is launching on 15th September with a focus on
sustainability. Grace Russell shares more in this week’s food column.

The Lancaster Sustainability Hub is launching on September 15th to tie in with FoodFuture’s Harvest
Market in Lancaster’s central market square. The open-day event offers the chance for you to
drop in between 10am and 4pm, explore the space, pick up a Harvest THRIVE Magazine, and
chat. A ribbon cutting and refreshments will be offered at 12:30pm.

The Sustainability Hub, located in Marketgate, is hosted by Green Rose Community Interest
Company, whilst welcoming a range of other sustainability organisations into the space –
including FoodFutures, its Closing Loops Project, and Charge My Street.

Following the launch event, the Sustainability Hub will be open 5 days a week, 9-2pm, to provide an
array of services and free advice to support local households to bring down their energy bills,
stay warmer, eat well, and do so more sustainably.

Alongside Green Rose’s free energy advice, Lancaster’s community can learn about grants and
benefits available to those struggling with high energy bills. Tips varying from draught proofing
and low energy light bulbs to solar panels and heat pumps will be shared with residents. For
those who wish to learn more, The Hub will also provide advice drop ins and displays and free
educational workshops.

FoodFutures will host drop-in sessions every Wednesday afternoon between 2-4pm; offering a relaxed space for people to learn more about community food projects taking place across North Lancashire, share what they are up to, and ask questions. The partnership also plans to run a range of food-themed workshops and discussions in the
space, alongside citizen journalism training. So keep an eye on upcoming events via their
calendar: foodfutures.org.uk/whats_on/

Georgina Sommerville, Director of Green Rose says: “Local residents will be able to drop in
while they’re doing their shopping and find answers to their energy questions. They can browse
the displays or speak to our trained staff or volunteers. We can also book people onto one of
our free workshops to learn more about energy saving home improvements and helpful habits
that save on bills. Eligible households can also arrange an in-depth appointment for free 121
advice.”

Anna Clayton from FoodFutures added: “Every Wednesday you can drop by between 2-4pm
and meet a different member of the FoodFutures team. Bring your foodie questions, ideas and worries to chat through, and find out how you can get more involved in sustainable food work
locally”.

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