Upcoming event: Partisans opening 28 July #Manchester

partisans opening\

Partisan Collective

19 Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4FY Manchester, United Kingdom
July 28-30th.
Posted in Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

Upcoming Event: GMCVO and SUD, #Manchester 1st August

GMCVO is hosting an event to support the announcement of the Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) call in Greater Manchester as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday 1st August 2017
Time: 09:30 – 12:30
Venue: Conference Hall, St.Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ
EVENT REGISTRATION PAGE

The event will:

  • introduce VCSE organisations to the SUD call;
  • review the key elements of the programme and key considerations for applicants;
  • link to initial project proposals and how SUD fits with wider Greater Manchester initiatives.

Speakers from GM Combined Authority will be in attedendance and taking your questions about SUD and opportunities for VCSE organisations to contribute towards projects.

Also, the event will be an opportunity for attendees to review existing SUD proposals and explore ways to contribute to existing ideas and build their own proposals for consideration.

This call should be of particular interest to organisations that work in the following environments and sectors:

Community buildings and spaces / Energy generation and or storage / residential buildings / social landlords / construction (to name a few).

If you are interested in the event we advise that you review announcements that GMCVO have made about SUD so that you can make the most out of the sessions on 01/08/17:

EVENT REGISTRATION PAGE

If you have any questions about the SUD call or our event to support the announcement of SUD please contact Louis Brooks (louis.brooks@gmcvo.org.uk / 0161 277 1032).

Posted in Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

Job Alert: Anthesis marketing manager

from here
Position: Marketing Manager, UK
Location: Manchester / Macclesfield / North West
Practice area: Marketing
Role: Full Time

 

Summary of Role and Responsibilities

The Marketing Manager position will have a varied role with plenty to excite and challenge. You will take an active role in supporting the delivery of marketing activity across the company, reporting to Anthesis Global Head of Marketing. Work will involve supporting the development of content, implementation of marketing campaigns, implementing marketing strategies, coordinating the dissemination of press releases and related materials to press and media contacts and supporting web and social media outreach. The job is full of variety, and you will need to be able to turn your hand to a range of tasks across many jurisdictions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the execution of the company’s marketing strategy, responding to Global Head of Marketing’s requirements and working with Business Development (BD) teams and regional management teams in the global business
  • Work with the business to develop and execute on content
  • Support sales-orientated promotional campaigns
  • Support in the management of company social media channels, measure and record impact
  • Support in the management of the company website through creating high quality content and management of the CMS
  • Support the release of PR and related content
  • Attend and support networking events
  • Support the preparation of bids
  • Support client projects where there is a requirement for marketing/comms input.

Essential Skills

  • Understanding and experience in the use of a range of marketing techniques and concepts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with copywriting experience and strong attention to detail
  • Graphics and infographics production skills and experience of using software packages such as InDesign
  • An understanding of website content management systems and how to post and manage content on a daily basis
  • Organised and methodical, with the ability to work with the Head of Marketing to prioritise tasks and assignments
  • Able to support co-creation and briefings to artwork and related designers and software/web design engineers
  • Proactive with the ability and confidence to use initiative
  • Effective and efficient time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to respond positively to pressure and take a flexible approach to a dynamic, fast moving and changing work environment
  • Work well with a wide range of people on a global basis

You are likely to have at least 3 years of experience in a marketing role in a B2B environment, knowledge and or experience about the sustainability sector is not a prerequisite but would be helpful.

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter to UKCareers@anthesisgroup.com.

_______________________________________________________________________

Position: Python / Django developer
Location: One of our key “hubs” Oxford, London, Manchester or Bristol
Practice area: Software

 

Summary of role: Anthesis, a fast-growing sustainability and technology consultancy, is looking for a skilled Python / Django developer to join our UK software team (in), working on ground-breaking software based on scalable, open source technology for a range of interesting clients.

Your technical skills

  • Degree-educated (computing, mathematics, engineering or physical sciences preferred) or equivalent experience
  • Strong Python / Django skills
  • Familiarity with SQL databases, particularly MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Experience with version control systems (ideally with git)
  • Good knowledge of web development basics: HTML, CSS, accessibility, responsive design
  • JavaScript (experience with frameworks like Angular.js or React.js helpful)
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a distributed team

Optional:

  • GNU/Linux systems administration
  • PHP / Moodle development skills
  • Familiarity with numerical analysis/data modelling
  • User interface & user experience design skills
  • Experience working in the environmental sustainability sector
  • Understanding of Agile project management

Your personal attributes

  • Passion for and commitment to improving sustainability
  • Innovative and creative thinking
  • Self-motivation and confidence
  • Attention to quality and detail
  • Organisation and efficiency
  • Good spoken and written communication
  • Proven ability to perform well in dynamic situations

Responsibilities include

Design & implementation:

  • Support analysts and project directors in translating client requirements into clear and concise functional, user and technical specifications for new software
  • Plan and execute delivery of bespoke software, keeping project managers and directors well-informed about project progress
  • Maintain high quality documentation systems covering all aspects of the software development and maintenance

Product and service development:

  • Apply previous experience and/or creative thinking to add value to the new product development process
  • Help create dynamic products with exceptional intuitiveness and ease of use

Team support:

  • Support the Team Leader and Directors as required in the effective delivery of the overall Anthesis strategy
  • Play a full part in the Anthesis team including supporting colleagues in all areas of the business

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter to UKCareers@anthesisgroup.com. All applications must address the above listed skills and experience requirements. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at our Oxford or London offices.

Anthesis is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. No recruitment agencies, please.

Posted in Job Alert | Leave a comment

Job Alert: Community Energy Manager for Electricity Northwest deadline 7 July.

From here

Community Energy Manager

Tracking Code
1612-099
Job Description
There are many challenges ahead for the energy industry, so a vital part of our job at Electricity North West is planning for tomorrow. We’re always developing new ways to adapt to the changing world and deliver a brighter, more sustainable future. This includes ensuring that our workforce is equipped with the skills required to maintain and evolve our networks into the future.

 

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Community Energy Manager to join Electricity North West’s Central Services team focusing on leading stakeholder engagement for community energy activities and being responsible for representing the company on national development bodies.

 

Community Energy is a rapidly developing area where customers collaborate at a local level to share energy resources, collectively procure and sell energy and act as market participants. As our customers begin to adopt similar approaches, we need to proactively engage with local groups to offer a variety of technical and commercial support services.

 

Please email careers@enwl.co.uk for a full role profile

 

As the Community Energy Manager you will be accountable for the cross business development and delivery of first class customer service in the provision of service to community and local energy groups. In addition, you will lead the businesses engagement with community and local energy organisations to meet the particular needs of the stakeholder community.

 

In return we will offer you a competitive starting salary per annum, company car or cash allowance and a competitive benefits package including; bonus earning potential of up to 10.5% of your base salary, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, membership of a defined contributions pension scheme with company contributions of up to 14% of base salary, private healthcare membership and a range of flexible benefits.

 

Principal Accountabilities:

 

  • Maintain and support the standards of Health and Safety as agreed across ENWL;
  • Delivering a Community and Local Energy Strategy which outlines an effective delivery model and processes that provide a customer focussed experience for all community energy groups;
  • Respond to community / localised energy generation and distribution interest groups and act as single point of contact for the Electricity North West business;
  • Accountable for the delivery of customer service standards and drive continuous improvement to exceed the customers’ expectations;
  • Accountable for driving improvements in the speed of service by seeking out opportunities to simplify existing processes and working practices;
  • Ensure our services and charges are easy to understand and accessible to community and local energy customers through their preferred channels;
  • Ensure communicating the importance of data quality and compliance to the wider team.

 

You will also:

 

  • Be educated to degree level (desirable)
  • Have proven experience of stakeholder engagement ideally within the energy sector;
  • Excel in all communication channels that are easily accessible to customers;
  • Have experience of improving customer satisfaction and managing expectations;
  • Be proficient in IT including Microsoft Office including Excel, Word and PowerPoint

 

This appointment will be on standard Electricity North West terms and conditions of employment.

 

The closing date for submission of an application is Friday 7 July 2017; however we reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

 

As part of the Recruitment & Selection process Electricity North West carries out pre-employment screening to aid in the assessment and overall suitability of an individual to perform a role. If offered a conditional offer of employment you will be required to provide us with additional information to allow us to perform checks in line with our policy.

Required Experience
 

 

Job Location
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular
Posted in Job Alert | Leave a comment

#goodnews – Dragons! (Is winter coming?)

So, gonna start printing occasional bits of good news, to offset the horror that is the continuing and escalating incompetence and delusion that is Manchester climate tosh…

The first bit is a press release that got sent a couple of weeks ago, about a dragonfly reintroduction scheme…

 

Home Sweet Home for White-faced Darter

White-faced Darter - Kevin Reynolds

There is excitement at Cheshire Wildlife Trust as they have just seen what they believe to be their first ‘true Delamere’ white-faced darters emerge.

Chris Meredith, Delamere Conservation Officer at Cheshire Wildlife Trust explained the importance of this year’s survey results. “Sightings this year are really significant. We know that we have had white-faced darters successfully emerge from our work introducing mature larvae to the site, but this is the first year where we have not introduced new larvae to the pool. This means the adults that are emerging this month are either from larvae that were at an earlier stage and have therefore survived for a longer period or are in fact the result of adults breeding successfully at our site.”

Over the last few years an ambitious programme has been underway to re-introduce this rare species to Delamere Forest. The return of the dragonflies comes after several years of dedicated work to reinstate and improve lost habitats at the well-known forest in partnership with the Forestry Commission, along with a carefully planned series of white-faced darter translocations.

As one of the UK’s rarest dragonflies, the white-faced darter had been absent from Cheshire for over a decade and are only found at a handful of locations in England. The project began in 2013 and involved collecting the tiny vibrant green larvae from healthy populations at the Natural England National Nature Reserve sites of Fenn’s and Whixall Moss in Shropshire and Chartley Moss in Staffordshire.

The larvae of these small blood-red and black insects, a specialist of lowland peatbogs, were introduced to a mossland pool, in Delamere Forest. Studies confirmed the pool had suitable water quality and vegetation to support this species with its submerged sphagnum moss for the nymphs to hide and prosper and the common cotton-grass and soft rush to provide the ideal ladder for emergence.

“We are thrilled with the results of the project so far and although still early days we are very happy that the restoration work started by the Forestry Commission in the 1990s has improved habitats so that they are once again capable of supporting a wide range of species, including the rare white faced darter” Adrienne Bennett, Ecologist at the Forestry Commission stated.

The nymphs of the white-faced darter develop and feed underwater for at least two years before emerging, and taking to the wing to find a mate and breed so the Trust will have to wait a little longer to find out whether Delamere once again has its own self-sustaining population of white-faced darters. The pool will continue to be monitored regularly through tracking flying adults and also by counting the empty larval cases the dragonflies leave behind on vegetation when emerging from the water.

The white-faced darter reintroduction project is a partnership between Cheshire Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, the British Dragonfly Society and Cheshire West and Chester Council, with funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Linley Shaw Foundation.

Connecting corridors have been cleared between mossland sites in Delamere Forest to encourage specialist species, including the white-faced darter, to move around the forest. The long-term hope is that the series of mossland pools that are being restored as part of Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s and the Forestry Commission’s WREN FCC Biodiversity Action Fund funded Delamere’s Lost Mosses Project will encourage this species to expand. “The creation of several breeding populations is important for the long term sustainability of the white-faced darter in Delamere Forest as their breeding pools will change over time,” explained Chris Meredith.

The conservation work undertaken in Delamere is currently a short-listed finalist in the CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) Large Scale Conservation Best Practice Awards. The winner will be announced on 21st June.

A dragonfly re-introduction scheme has only been attempted once before in the UK.

Posted in Good News, press release journalism | Leave a comment

Uni of #Manchester prof on air quality – 40 thousands premature deaths a year in UK.

EXPERT COMMENTARY: “40,000 premature deaths a year in UK caused by poor air quality”

Professor Hugh Coe is Professor of Atmospheric Composition in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester and a leading expert in air pollution.

Today (Thursday 15th May) is the first ever National Clean Air Day and Professor Hugh Coe says it is imperative we reduce air pollution in our towns and cities.

“Poor air quality in our cities has been estimated to lead to over 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year. The main health effects that are known to arise from poor air quality are heart disease and poor lung function. However, infant development, cognitive function and other diseases and conditions have also been linked to air pollution, though these links are not yet well proven.”

Prof Coe says those living in ubran areas are at the highest risk levels: “To minimise the effects of pollution on our health we need to decrease the levels of pollution in our towns and cities and also reduce our exposure to the pollution,” he says.

“The closer we are to car exhausts the greater our exposure, so living close to major highways, working for extended periods near to major traffic routes, spending a long time in a car in traffic where emissions are taken into the car through the front grille all increase our risk.”

So what makes air pollution and contaminants so dangerous and what causes it? “Oxides of nitrogen and tiny particulates less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, that’s less than ten times the width of a human hair, exceed legislated guidelines many times each year across our cities affecting people who live and work there.”

Diesel vehicles are a particular issue according to Prof Coe, “these oxides of nitrogen are emitted largely by road vehicles and, in recent years, it has become apparent that reductions in emissions from diesels under test conditions are not being translated into on road reductions under real driving conditions. This has led to us experiencing large concentrations in our cities.”

Prof Coe adds whilst the vehicles on our roads are undoubtedly the primary source of air pollution, there are also other contributory factors: “Particulates arise from vehicle exhausts but also from other sources such as wood burning in homes in winter, commercial cooking, non-exhaust road emissions from tyre, engine and brake wear and resuspension from road surfaces.  Construction makes a substantial contribution also.”

But Prof Coe adds there are some simple ways the public can help reduce emissions: “Things like not adding to pollution during the school run and exposing children to harmful pollution are extremely beneficial. Think about the journey, do you really need to use your car? And it’s not just the school run. We need to consider how we can commute to work in a cleaner, but efficient way and to think more carefully before we use our vehicles.”

That is why Prof Coe believes events like National Clean Air Day need to be embraced by the relevant authorities and general public: “The first ever National Clean Air Day aims to inform us of how we create pollution, how we can minimise it and also how we can reduce our exposure to it. The day is to encourage us into action to reduce our reliance on using our cars wherever we can, so we are not fouling the air for our neighbours.”

Posted in press release journalism | 3 Comments

Activist Training in #Manchester 24-8 July. Deadline to apply 18th June!!

from here.  Looks good.  Please forward to any young folk (18-25) that you know…

Applications open – Demand the Impossible, Manchester 2017

Demand the Impossible is a one-week course in Manchester from July 24th-28thFREE, including lunch and travel, but places are limited. Venue: Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Manchester M47HR. Click here for directions. Application deadline: June 18th, midnight.

21414_358098064293891_139226088_n.jpg

Protest, political activism and ideas to change the world

The world is in crisis. Eight men own as much wealth as half the world’s population. Racists and fanatics are on the rise from the US and Europe to Russia, Syria and Turkey.

In Britain after Brexit, some of the most conservative forces in society have taken power. The Conservative government has brought the NHS to its knees and anti-immigrant politics is on the rise. Young people face job insecurity, spiralling education costs and a deteriorating welfare state. Meanwhile, the racist and misogynist Trump is in the Whitehouse and fascist Marine Le Pen came close to winning the French presidency.

At the same time, there is resistance. Millions took to the streets worldwide immediately after Trump’s inauguration in one of the biggest ever international days of protest. The Black Lives Matter movement has taken off on both sides of the Atlantic. There has been mass opposition to austerity in the UK and across Europe.

If you want to understand what’s happening better, and explore how we can change things, Demand the Impossible is for you.

  • What are the underlying causes of the huge social and economic problems we face?
  • How can we build movements for social change?
  • Can we imagine a world beyond exploitation and oppression?
1174640_358097487627282_1037184801_n.jpg

What does Demand the Impossible involve?

  • Sharing ideas with like minded young people.
  • Talks from inspiring campaigners and thinkers, exploring ideas through interactive discussions, activist skills training and film screenings.
  • Plan and carry out your own campaign as part of the course.

Topics covered

  • Brexit, Trump and the rise of the far Right
  • Protest, social movements and political change
  • Capitalism and alternative economic systems
  • The housing crisis and homelessness
  • Policing and racism
  • Young people and mental health

Widening participation

We welcome applications from everyone aged 16-25 but we prioritise making Demand the Impossible available to people from less privileged backgrounds. We use the governmentWidening Participation criteria as a guide in reviewing applications. That doesn’t mean you can’t apply if you don’t meet the criteria  though – there is some flexibility.

Apply here.

For more information on how Demand the Impossible started, what its aims are and what the course is like see our About page.

NB this is nowt to do with Manchester Climate Monthly, and you can bet your bottom pound that they won’t be using novice lines,

or talking about the problems of sage-on-the-stage, of ego-foddering, of the smugosphere, of the emotacycle.  But still, it looks good!

Posted in Unsolicited advice, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment