About us – Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project

The Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project

The BIG Lottery Fund has awarded almost £1 million to East Salford to help residents adapt to the effects of climate change and help them to live more sustainably.

A partnership of twelve local groups has been formed to deliver the project over five years in the Irwell Valley covering the wards of Broughton, Irwell Riverside and Kersal in East Salford.

The Project will support households who wish to make greener choices and reduce household bills, by growing their own food and becoming more energy efficient. Residents living alongside the river will be supported to look at ways to increase their preparedness for future flooding events.

Developing skills and helping residents to take advantage of job opportunities in the ‘green economy’ will be a key focus for the project. The Broughton Trust are managing the project and will be employing a team of residents as Community Researchers and Community Champions to identify sustainability issues that matter locally and develop projects that will help improve residents’ health, well-being and finances.

Community groups and residents who are interested in getting involved in the project are invited to join four community-led task groups who will meet regularly to develop projects around flood awareness and river usage, energy efficiency, food growing and recycling and transport.

The Broughton Trust is one of twelve organizations across England to receive funding from the BIG Lottery’s Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably programme. The programme is focused on inspiring people to reap financial, environmental and health gains by adapting the way they live and work and ensure people can cope better with the impacts of a changing climate.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project please contact;
The Broughton Trust on 0161 831 9807 or email: sustainablecommunities@thebroughtontrust.org.uk

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