EcoTeams in Newcastle! From left to right: Kathryn Robson, Phillipa Mitchell, Julia Robertson, Nasrin Ahmadi, Cllr Gareth Kane, Clare Whiting (Global Action Plan), Chi Onwurah (MP, Central Newcastle)

EcoTeams was given a warm welcome at our launch event held at the Civic Centre, Newcastle.

Run in partnership with Newcastle City Council the event attracted over 40 people for a day of learning and exchanging ideas about sustainability and environmental behaviour change.

Speaking at the beginning of the day Councillor Gareth Kane said:

The event was fantastic and it was great to see so many people fired up and ready to help their communities tackle the environmental challenges that face us all

Acting as Executive Support Member for Climate Change & Sustainability, Mr Kane stressed the importance of behaviour change in the wider context of moving toward a sustainable future.

In a lively yet relaxed atmosphere guests and participants were able ask questions between the table games and activities. Those who go on to run and complete an EcoTeam can request an Energy Monitor from Adrian McLoughlin, Newcastle City Council  Climate Change Advisor. For more information email:

Chi Onwurah, MP for central Newcastle, joined the event toward the end of the day:

There are so many activities in Newcastle to help combat climate change and build strong communities. EcoTeams is a great programme for people to get started

A number of local organisations were also present. As well as having exhibitions stands with information and resources the organisations also took part in the activities. They included: Energy Saving Trust advice centre North East, Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services (NCVS); Living Streets; Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, Transition Jesmond, and the North England Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

Each of them spoke and was able to reinforce the availability – and necessity – of local groups that are able to support and collaborate with the EcoTeams project.

Groundwork South Tyneside & Newcastle

Working on a number of projects, Groundwork are active in ENERGY and RUBBISH & SHOPPING:

Groundwork manage a community shop based at South Tyneside's recycling village that donates any profit back into community projects. Working in partnership with South Tyneside Council, Groundwork provide a waste recycling collection service to households in South Tyneside. They also offer private sector businesses internal office collections for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and cans.

On the topic of ENERGY Groundwork are working with Newcastle City Council to bring ‘hard to heat homes’ back into use by retro fitting them with micro renewable technologies, such as thermal heat pumps and solar panels.

For more information

Energy Savings Trust North East

Green Communities is part of a nationwide programme run by the Energy Saving Trust tailored advice for communities wishing to cut their ENERGY usage see for more details.

For more information about what is happening in your area and services provided by the North East Energy Saving Trust advice centre go to or call 0800 512012 for free and impartial advice.

Newcastle CVS

Newcastle CVS (NCVS) supports voluntary organisations of any size and voluntary action in Newcastle upon Tyne by providing a range of services and projects. Currently NCVS is developing a Climate Change Action Community Map.

Info about NCVS

Link to the Community Map

Living Streets

Transforming shared spaces, Living Streets work to make streets safe and enjoyable. On the topic of TRAVEL they have plenty of advice and ideas about alternative transport

Transition Newcastle

The Transition Movement is growing. Connecting climate change and resource depletion, Transition groups are a great way to get a grounding in the issues that affect us all and work toward making a difference:

North East England City Farms & Community Gardens

When it comes to RUBBISH & SHOPPING, much of this revolves around food. The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens exists to support, represent and promote community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom to help communities grow their own local and delcious food. For more information: