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About FCCAN

Fife Communities Climate Action Network (FCCAN) is a network of community groups acting on climate change in Fife. We empower and enable communities to create a low carbon future and promote local resilience and well-being. By working through our network, we share information, resources and knowledge whilst tackling barriers to low carbon living in Fife. FCCAN is a Community Interest Company (CIC)

FCCAN is the membership body which community groups can join to receive support, relevant updates and connect with others in Fife. By joining FCCAN members also become members of Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) through association (see more info on this below). FCCAN provides a collective voice for our members to drive the change and to influence all sectors.

We deliver several projects promoting climate action in Fife, one of which is the Fife Climate Hub.

Our Aim

To empower communities to create a low carbon future and promote local resilience and well-being. We do this by:

1. Providing a network for mutual support

2. Promoting a shared vision and voice

3. Creating opportunities for partnership working and tackling challenges

4. Raising awareness and promoting practical community-led action towards making Fife’s communities more sustainable

5. Acting as a representative for our members in working with other organisations

6. Sharing learning across its network and helping to educate groups and individuals on climate change

Our Partners

We are fortunate to be part of another strong climate action project in Fife. Climate Action Fife is a Fife-wide partnership project, bringing together individuals, communities, local government and businesses to tackle the climate emergency and make Fife a greener and fairer place to live. It is a partnership of 12 organisations led by Greener Kirkcaldy. The project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund.

“What’s the difference between Climate Action Fife and Fife Climate Hub?” 

Fife Climate Hub’s focus is on building capacity in community groups to take climate action.  While Climate Action Fife’s focus is on giving participants specific skills and knowledge to make behavioural changes that will reduce their carbon footprint. The project has greater capacity to support individuals to act, though does support communities and businesses too. 

There are areas of overlap between the projects. We will work together on these aspects and seek out other opportunities to work together to maximise benefits. We collaborate on:

  • Raising awareness of the climate emergency and encouraging action.
  • Climate literacy – delivering Fife Climate Knowhow, First Climate Conversations and How to talk about climate change?
  • Community Climate Grants  – providing grants for communities to deliver climate action and build their capacity Lin
  • Working with the public sector – both projects work with Fife Council through the Climate Change and Zero Waste team to seek opportunities to influence and support change in the public sector
  • Inclusivity and Diversity – we partner to attend Equalities training through Fife Centre for Equalities (Discover more here)

Stakeholders

  • Scottish Government (funder)
  • Scottish Government Regional Climate Hub Network
  • Benarty Climate Action Towns (Architecture and Design Scotland)
  • Fife Council including:
    • Fife Council leaders, including Councillors
    • Specific council teams, for example, Community Learning & Development, Town Centre Development Unit, Transportation and Environment, Climate Change and Zero Waste Team.
    • Fife’s Community Planning Partnership
  • Community Councils
  • Public sector organisations, for example, NHS Fife, Fife College
  • Fife Environment Partnership and members
  • Fife Voluntary Action
  • Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC)
 
  • FCCAN members
  • Climate Action Fife and partners
  • Fife Centre for Equalities
  • Cosy Kingdom
  • Planning Aid Scotland
  • The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • Fife Voluntary Action network members
  • Wider network of voluntary sector organisations and community groups
 
  • Plastic Free Fife
  • Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
  • Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum
  • Scottish Community Alliance
  • The Development Trusts Association Scotland Scottish Community Alliance
  • Sustainable Scotland Network
  • The Transition Towns network
 
  • Zero Waste Scotland
  • Energy Saving Trust and Home Energy Scotland
  • Local Energy Scotland
  • Sustrans
  • Cycling Scotland
  • Circular Communities Scotland
  • Adaptation Scotland
  • Wellbeing Alliance Scotland
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Climate Outreach
 

Our Links to the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network

FCCAN is affiliated to the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN). By being involved with FCCAN, community groups in Fife can also be a part of a greater range of action taken by communities tackling climate change across Scotland.  The FCCAN logo is directly based on the SCCAN logo, with their endorsement, to reflect the mutual community to community support towards common aims.  Do visit the SCCAN website and pass the link onto others.

SCCAN is a grassroots network of community groups that are taking action on climate change. As a ‘community of communities’ it provides a shared vision and voice for their members and work to address barriers and challenges so as to enable communities to shape their own low-carbon future and promote local resilience and wellbeing.

SCCAN is working with all of the climate hubs emerging across Scotland to support them in their applications and set up.

Find out more about SCCAN here: www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

 

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Cover Resource Name Description Download
Climate Conversation Guide Cover Climate Conversation Guide A comprehensive guide to engaging in meaningful climate conversations. Download PDF
Talking Climate Handbook Cover Talking Climate Handbook Strategies for everyday climate change discussions. Download PDF
Community Climate Action Toolkit Cover Community Climate Action Toolkit Tools and tips for community-led climate initiatives. Download PDF
Reduce Waste Guide Cover How to… help your community to reduce waste Guidance on waste reduction for communities. Download PDF
Shifting Normal Guide Cover Shifting Normal full guide Insights into driving change for normalising sustainable practices. Download PDF
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Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) sccan.scot
Energy Saving Trust energysavingtrust.org.uk
Home Energy Scotland homeenergyscotland.org
Hubbub hubbub.org.uk
Climate Action Fife climateactionfife.org.uk
Greener Kirkcaldy greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk
Circular Communities Scotland circularcommunities.scot
Adaptation Scotland adaptationscotland.org.uk
Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland weallscotland.org
Zero Waste Scotland zerowastescotland.org.uk
Keep Scotland Beautiful keepscotlandbeautiful.org
Climate Outreach climateoutreach.org
Carbon Literacy Project carbonliteracy.com
Transition University of St Andrews transitionsta.org
Nescan nescan.org
Highlands and Islands Climate Hub hiclimatehub.co.uk
Fife Coast and Countryside trust fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk
Possible wearepossible.org
Greenspace Scotland greenspacescotland.org.uk
Development Trust Association Scotland DTAS dtascot.org.uk
Community Land Scotland communitylandscotland.org.uk
Carbon Almanac thecarbonalmanac.org/subscribe
Talking climate talkingclimatenewsletter.substack.com
TCV tcv.org.uk/scotland/signup-for-our-newsletter
Organisations & Resources

Organisations that may help you on your journey:

ORGANISATION MEMBERSHIP PAGE BENEFITS
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) https://scvo.scot/membership 30% off training, member-only networks (policy and comms), Funding Scotland premium access, members email bulletin, priority access for events, etc
Circular Communities Scotland https://www.circularcommunities.scot/join/ Funding advice, member events, policy updates, representation in network
Energy Action Scotland https://eas.org.uk/ Two discounted training course places per year - City and Guilds Energy Awareness Training
SURF: Scotland's Regeneration Forum https://www.surf.scot/about-us/membership/ Networking, contribute to policy consultations, free SURF Conference, priority access to events, access to policy journal and reports
Nourish Scotland https://www.nourishscotland.org/join-us/ Welcome pack including printed Food Atlas, part of a network, discounts / free entry at events, members Facebook group
Social Farms and Gardens https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/join-us Monthly online member meets, discounted training, access to grants and bursaries, advice from staff, newsletters, representation and policy influencing
Cycling Scotland https://www.cycling.scot/about-us/who-we-are/list/members Access to cycle training, support guidance and funding from Transport Scotland
Learning for Sustainability Scotland https://learningforsustainabilityscotland.org/about-us/#members Take part in action groups, attend and vote at AGMs, networking events and seminars, access resources, advice, consultations and policy documents
Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) https://dtascot.org.uk/benefits/network Annual conference, e-bulletin, networking events, Community Learning Exchange Fund, resources and tools, strategic planning support, trustee training, policy and funding updates, representation through a strong voice
Community Energy Scotland https://communityenergyscotland.org.uk/membership/ Members bulletins, partnership working and capacity building, representation at government level, members directory, events, free advertising for volunteer opportunities
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) https://sccan.scot/join/ Networking, communications, training and events, showcased in members map and directory, peer to peer networking, access to funding (e.g. Community Learning Exchange)
This guide is designed to help community groups tackling climate change maximise their success by taking account of how change happens when planning, carrying out and reviewing their activities. Shifting normal - designing projects to tackle climate change: full guide - gov.scot nan
Community Climate Action Toolkit. Easy-to-use tools and resources, to develop your group understand your local situation, to move into meaningful action. Community Climate Action Toolkit | The Schumacher Institute nan
Pair of reports looking at barriers to walking and wheeling in Scotland. Common issues better-streets-key-issues.pdf nan
Place Standard Tool (PST), designed for considering a joined up, collaborative, and participative approach to climate action within a place. Place Standard with a Climate Lens | Sniffer nan
VOiCE is planning and recording software that assists individuals, organisations and partnerships to design and deliver effective community engagement. VOiCE nan
Adaptation Routemap is valuable for anyone who would like to Understand and address climate change impacts within your community now and in the future. Adaptation Scotland :: Community Climate Adaptation Routemap nan
52 Climate Actions. 52 of the most effective climate actions that can be taken by individuals and communities in the GlobalNorth. One for each week of the year. Actions | 52 Climate Actions nan
A simple guide to talking about climate change by Australian organisation Climate4Change. Climate Conversation guide.pdf - Google Drive nan
Impact is an estimator of a community’s carbon footprint that works for parishes wards, district councils and unitary authorities. Impact | Community carbon calculator nan
Stats and infographics explaining the urgency of change and how every degree counts 8 Things You Need to Know About the IPCC 1.5ËšC Report | World Resources Institute nan
Fife Benefits. Matching communities and good causes with businesses and procurement staff Fife Benefits - Procurement Support nan
Plastic Free Dunfermline’s guide on zero waste events. Plastic Free Event Guide - Plastic-Free Dunfermline nan
SCCAN offers groups a free fully fledged website hosted under the sccan.scot domain SCCAN spaces – get webspace free nan
Greenspace Scotland. A wide range of resources including guidance, research, statistics and funding sources. Resources | Greenspace Scotland nan
The PECH structure. A useful way to build team cohesion and direction by finding commonalities and ironing out differences at the outset. CEC Visioning PECH doc - Google Docs nan
SP=EED. Planning Aid Scotland’s’ guide and toolkit to more effective community engagement in the planning system. And offers help with Place Plans Resources - PAS nan
nan Community-led Plans - PAS nan
Growing Climate Confidence. Help to reduce emissions and engage their community. Their Scorecard will assess your progress to net zero. Growing Climate Confidence nan
Carbon Brief covers the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. https://www.carbonbrief.org/ nan
Climate Outreach. Explore their website. They have a range of tools for engaging the public on climate change. https://climateoutreach.org/reports/how-to-have-a-climate-change-conversation-talking-climate/ nan
The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place, based around 14 questions.  https://www.ourplace.scot/About-Place-Standard nan
Community Map Scotland is a software project to help your community build a Local Place Plan. https://www.parish-online.co.uk/services/community-map-scotland nan
ISM a multidisciplinary behaviour tool for designing effective policy interventions, originally developed in the context of sustainability challenges. Created by Andrew Darnton with colleagues at the University of Manchester, and launched by the Scottish Government in 2013. https://www.ismtool.org/ nan

Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub team I had two jobs I was the Sustainable Transport Officer for Transition University St Andrews and I worked as a Communications Advisor for Fife Council

I am a passionate communicator with a big interest in climate and biodiversity. I began this journey when I was asked to cover the GM Crop Trials in the Highlands as a young reporter for the Press & Journal. I realised that I wanted to be part of the solution and not on the sidelines reporting it.  

One small change I would recommend getting the train for your next holiday. It’s a fantastic adventure and once you get out of the UK the trains are much more relaxed and you feel on holiday straight away. On the Eurostar on to Paris even the toasties are served with a plate, a napkin and a French accent! 

Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub team I worked within corporate learning and development. This is my first foray into the third sector!

Within my last role I designed and delivered learning interventions, many of which was in the area of sustainability. I have also in the past worked in communications and change management. In the last year I was a climate champion with Greener Kirkcaldy where I met many of the new people I now engage with on a regular basis.

One small change that I keep trying to make and would encourage others to make for a lower carbon Fife, is to think both big and small! The small changes (all the Rs!) add up, whether that be refusing to buy non-recyclable products, always remembering to take my reusable mug or water bottle everywhere, or repurposing that wooden pallet to build a flower bed – it all adds up towards reducing our carbon footprint.

Where you have come from before: I’ve always worked in the voluntary sector, most recently on a freelance basis supporting charities with their digital content and online accessibility. Before that I worked at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

My professional background is in digital communications and data reporting. I’m also a Board Member on the Kingsbarns Community Development Trust and help to run our school and community garden in the village.

One small change is to get growing. Whether it’s looking after a few herbs in pots on your windowsill or getting involved in one of the many brilliant community gardens we have here in Fife, growing your own fruit and veg reduces food miles, pesticides and plastics and saves you money too. Plus, homegrown definitely does taste better!

Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub

Craig Leitch Fife Climate Hub Manager
Craig Leitch Fife Climate Hub Manager

team I worked for Greener Kirkcaldy and on the Climate Action Fife Project. My role was to deliver climate literacy training and inspire climate action. I also supported FCCAN as their secretariat.

My background is in wildlife conservation where I mainly worked to share the joys of nature with people as a ranger, leading guided walks and as education officer.  

One small change is to talk to people about climate change. Share your worries and celebrate your positive actions. You really do have power to influence those around you.  

Alternatively: buy (and sell)  second hand. There are so many apps out there now to help with this. This means fewer emissions, fewer things going to landfill and it saves you money.