Search
Close this search box.

Eager to make a positive impact on the climate emergency in your community, but uncertain where or how to begin?

Whether you’re an individual or part of a group, we offer an abundance of valuable resources, toolkits, and practical advice straight from us and organisations across Scotland and the UK .

Take a moment to delve into the practical resources from getting a website to measuring your community's carbon footprint and consider becoming a member today!

For an excellent community resource, check out the new Route Map by Adaptation Scotland. Not only is it brimming with innovative ideas, but it's also a visual delight.

Learn How To Get Involved

Explore our pages and find out you can make a difference to the climate emergency in ways that work for you.

As An Individual

As an individual, the choices you make truly can make a difference; from travel, to food, to where you get your home energy from. Many small changes together help combat climate change, working for a more sustainable future for us all.

View some of our resources below to help you on your journey:

- Find an action that suits you from 52 Climate Actions
- Join the Take The JUMP Campaign
- Green your finances with Make My Money Matter
- Learn to take action locally with Climate Action Fife

As A Group

Whether you are already part of an existing community group, looking to join a group or simply create a new project, there are plenty of opportunities to work together to act on the climate crisis in Fife.

View some of our resources below to help you on your journey:

- Learn to reduce your group's carbon emissions and engage your community with SCVO's Growing Climate Confidence

- Volunteer with organisations in Fife already working on community led climate action projects.

- Get in touch with our team for fully flexible & responsive support.

- Find funding to kick start your project.

Resources

We have put together a range of resources to help you grow and develop and do more.

SCCAN free web spaces –

A space is a fully fledged website hosted under the sccan.scot domain. You get the latest and greatest WordPress, but without too much clutter. You can build simple or complex layouts and use the blogging open source software that runs millions of websites.

CEC Visioning document – 

The PECH structure is a useful way to build team cohesion and direction by finding commonalities and ironing out differences at the outset. It can be helpful to revisit and review the process from time to time, to check in with where the team is at, particularly around points of change- as the project develops, or team members leave/ join. 

Growing Climate Confidence – 

Website giving support to third sector organisations in Scotland to reduce carbon emissions and take positive climate action

How to Help Your Community Reduce Waste – 

Video of Fife Climate Hub event How to Help Reduce Waste with Zero Waste Scotland and a pdf of the slides.

Community Climate Action Toolkit | The Schumacher Institute  – 

This Community Climate Action Toolkit will help you with easy-to-use tools and resources, to develop your group understand your local situation, to move into meaningful action ensure a diversity of views and approaches is considered achieve action at different levels find creative ways forward unique to you, not a re-defined route

How to Set up a Repair Project – 

Fife Climate Hub invited Jane from Circular Communities Scotland to explain how you can set up your own repair project.

What is a Repair Cafe?  – 

Unsure of what a repair cafe actually is and how you use it.  Circular Communities Scotland explains.

What is a Sharing Library?  – 

Unsure of what a Sharing Library is and how you use it.  Circular Communities Scotland explains.

Adaptation Scotland’s Community Climate Routemap – 

This Routemap is valuable for anyone who would like to Understand and address climate change impacts within your community now and in the future Explore what actions you can take to build resilience and adapt while addressing other important issues for you community Invest in your community and protect against future costs and learn about what funding and support is available

Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy Consultation – 

Recording of Fife Climate Hub consultation event held in 2023 by Fife Council in how they will approach the Scotland wide required Local Heat and Energy Strategy (LHEES).

NHS  Fife Greenspace Event – 

NHS Fife are looking to communities to take on land for sustainable purposes.  We coordinated an event where NHS Fife staff explained their strategy and what they would like to do. They are looking to see if communities would be on board.

See the presentation here: 

Guide to Running and Charity or Social Enterprise – 

Third Force News (TFN) have produced a guide which includes vital topics such as funding and diversity and inclusion.  

See the guide here: 

Below are resources that can be used for any type of event: 

How to host a sustainable event   A Fife Climate Hub guide as to how to host a sustainable event

Planning your event  A Fife Climate Hub guide to planning a community event

Promoting your event   A Fife Climate Hub guide to planning a community event

Event emergency plan template A Fife Climate Hub word doc template to draw up an event brief to act as your health & safety and emergency plan

Climate Outreach – Talking Climate Handbook  A guide to talking about climate

Consent Form for Photos & Videos Template A Fife Climate Hub word doc template of a consent form for photos & videos at events

Health and Safety Considerations  A Fife Climate Hub pdf guide with hints and tips for running a safe event at the Fife Climate Festival

Risk assessment template A Fife Climate Hub word doc template of a risk assessment for running events

Plastic Free Event Guide Practical advice on waste prevention, management and communication with vendors and event goers 

Climate Quiz  and Powerpoint Presentation Designed by Tayport’s gardening and climate organisation PLANT (Music section of the quiz)

National Standards for Community Engagement website guidelines-

Planning and recording software that assists individuals, organisations and partnerships to design and deliver effective community engagement.

VOiCE

IMPACT Community carbon calculator –

Estimator tool for measuring a community’s carbon footprint.

SP=EED –

Guide and toolkit to support more effective and meaningful community engagement in the planning system
SP=EED is our guide and toolkit to support more effective and meaningful community engagement in the planning system

Living Streets Scotland

A website with info on how to encourage people to walk or wheel more of their everyday journeys

Living Streets Scotland

52 Climate Actions –

Website featuring 52 climate actions you can take under themes of travel, waste, food etc

 

Energy Cost Calculator –

Find out how much it costs to run common household appliances and compare them against each other.

Go Compare Energy Costs Calculator UK

The Week –

Too often, climate change can feel like a big, abstract and even overwhelming topic. How do we start to wrap our heads around it, in the midst of everything else going on in our lives? How will it impact me and the people I love? The Week is a way to engage on climate change, for real, with our friends, family or colleagues. It doesn’t tell us what to do, but empowers us to make up our own minds. So that we can say down the line: I knew what I needed to know, I did what I need to do and I have no regrets.

The Week

Climate Cafe Network –

A Climate Café® is a community led, informal, inspiring space to get together, share ideas, information and get involved in climate action over a cup of tea or coffee. Join the movement! #DrinkChatAct 

Climate Cafe

Climate Action Towns Toolkit –

A toolkit to support people in towns and communities across Scotland to take place-based climate actions

Climate Action Towns Toolkit

How to Talk About Climate –

A guide to having a purposeful conversation so everyday people know what will make the biggest difference, and how to go about pushing for the change that matters.

Climate Outreach Talking About Climate Handbook

Climate Conversation Guide –

A guide to help you feel confident talking about climate change to tailoring your approach by Australian group Climate Compass

General Climate Change news and information- 

Up-to-date climate change news and information website.

How can I have easier “climate conversations”? –

Helpful tips on how to talk about climate from actionetwork.org

Having_easier_climate_conversations_FEB2024

Britain Talks Climate- 

A toolkit for engaging the British public on climate change by Climate Outreach

Communicating Climate Justice with Young People – 

Climate Outreach website info on how to talk about climate injustice with young people.

How to have a climate change conversation – 

Citizen Science Project webinar recording about how to have climate change conversations by Climate Outreach.

Britain Talks Climate- 

A toolkit for engaging the British public on climate change by Climate Outreach

Climate Cafe Network –

A Climate Café® is a community led, informal, inspiring space to get together, share ideas, information and get involved in climate action over a cup of tea or coffee. Join the movement! #DrinkChatAct

Climate Cafe

The Week –

Too often, climate change can feel like a big, abstract and even overwhelming topic. How do we start to wrap our heads around it, in the midst of everything else going on in our lives? How will it impact me and the people I love? The Week is a way to engage on climate change, for real, with our friends, family or colleagues. It doesn’t tell us what to do, but empowers us to make up our own minds. So that we can say down the line: I knew what I needed to know, I did what I need to do and I have no regrets.

The Week

How to plan your communications for community groups – 

Recording and slides of a Fife Climate Hub and Climate Action Fife Workshop

How to.. Work with the Media for community groups – 

Recording and slides of a Fife Climate Hub and Climate Action Fife Workshop

How to.. Create Engaging Community Newsletters – 

Recording and slides of a Fife Climate Hub and Climate Action Fife Workshop

How to.. Do Social Media Mastery for Communities – 

Recording and slides of a Fife Climate Hub and Climate Action Fife Workshop

How to.. Design Excellence for Beginners – 

Recording and slides of a Fife Climate Hub and Climate Action Fife Workshop

Finding the stories in your community group – 

A Fife Climate Hub word doc and how to find the stories in your community group
 

Just Enterprise digital marketing presentation – 

Just Enterprise digital marketing presentation

How to make digital technology more sustainable – 

A webinar by freelancer Hannah Smith Co-founder of the Green Tech South West meet-up

Guide for Community Delivery of Local Place Plans – 

Planning Aid Scotland’s free resources, guides and toolkits for delivering a Local Place Plan

Community-led plans – 

Planning Aid Scotland Community led plans guide

Place Standard with a Climate Lens | Sniffer – 

Place Standard Tool with a Climate Lens, to engage your community with a joined up, collaborative, and participative approach to climate action within a place

Fife Council guidance on Local Place Plans – 

Guidance on deciding if a Local Place Plan is right for your community, getting started and support available.

Is a Local Place Plan right for your community – 

Fife Council video providing an overview of Local Place Plans, support available and how to get started.

Climate Action Towns Toolkit –

A toolkit to support people in towns and communities across Scotland to take place-based climate actions

Climate Action Towns Toolkit

Women and Climate – 

Women’s climate action website

Women’s Climate Action – Wen

‘Think Retrofit’ Skills Video

Newsletters to sign up to – 

A list of useful newsletters you may want to sign up to

External Organisations who produce a newsletter

 

Adaptation Scotland- 

Our team of adaptation experts is on hand to offer advice, and link organisations, businesses and communities to tools, resources and projects that can help them adapt to impacts of climate change

Adaptation Scotland resources

 

Circular Communities Scotland- 

At Circular Communities Scotland, we empower our national network of reuse, repair and recycling charities to grow the circular economy in Scotland

Circular Communities Scotland 

 

Keep Scotland Beautiful- 

As your charity for Scotland’s environment it is our mission to inspire action and changes in behaviour to make a positive difference and keep Scotland beautiful

Keep Scotland Beautiful.org

 

Zero Waste Scotland- 

Zero Waste Scotland exist to lead Scotland to use products and resources more responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest effect on reducing climate change together through responsible consumption, responsible production and maximising value through waste

Energy Saving Trust Scotland- 

A respected and trusted voice on energy efficiency and clean energy solutions, we continue to work towards a smart, de-carbonised, de-centralised energy system

Home Energy Scotland- 

Home Energy Scotland helps people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their energy bills, and lower their carbon footprint. We are funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Energy Saving Trust

Local Energy Scotland- 

Local Energy Scotland manage CARES – the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme. CARES supports communities across Scotland to engage with, participate in and benefit from the energy transition to net zero emissions

Greenspace Scotland – 

We work with a wide range of national and local partners on the planning, development, sustainable management, use and evaluation of greenspaces, green networks and blue-green infrastructure

Greenspace Scotland

 

Living Streets Scotland – 

Living Streets want to create a nation where walking and wheeling is the natural choice for everyday, local journeys

Living Streets Scotland

 

Sustrans – 

Sustrans work for and with communities, helping them come to life by walking, wheeling and cycling to create healthier places and happier lives for everyone

Sustrans

 

Sustrans – 

Sustrans work for and with communities, helping them come to life by walking, wheeling and cycling to create healthier places and happier lives for everyone

Sustrans

 

Cycling Scotland- 

Cycling Scotland is Scotland’s national cycling charity. Working with others, we help create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely

Cycling Scotland

 

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN)- 

SCCAN is a volunteer-led network with membership open to any community group across Scotland that is taking action on the climate crisis and to any organisation that is involved with or supports such community-led action

SCCAN 

 

Wellbeing Alliance Scotland- 

The Scottish hub of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Wellbeing Alliance Scotland

 

Contact your Representatives: Local and National Elected Members

Welcome to our directory of contact details for local and national elected members in Fife and across Scotland. Engaging with your representatives is a vital part of the democratic process, and we are committed to making this as easy and accessible as possible.

To get our voices heard and to seek assistance with local environmental issues we need to connect with our Councillors, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), and Members of Parliament (MPs). Below are some contact details for them. 

The best way to get heard is to attend their surgeries in person: 

Local Councillors

Fife Council Councillors

Our representatives in the Scottish Parliament

MSP’s Representing Fife

Our MP’s representing us in Westminster: 

Wendy Chamberlain MP

Douglas Chapman MP

 

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

New Members Form

"*" indicates required fields

Step 1 of 4

Organisation Details

(Such as secretary or member)
Organisation Address
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
Organisation URL
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! 

Sean Flinn

Where you have come from before:

I have worked and volunteered in science communication since my undergraduate and have formal qualifications as both a youth worker and science teacher. I have a background in marine conservation and have briefly worked in conservation research. Previously I ran a project working with young people on the topics of climate change and the biodiversity crisis. I have used my experience to help upskill other educators based on the lessons I have learned. 

One small change you would make to make the world a greener, fairer place:  

Is to question everything you read or hear especially online! There is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming; especially when much of it is intentionally misleading!

GilIian Napier

Where you have come from before: Worked with my partner in his print business, doing everything except put ink on paper! I have also worked for the National Child-minding Association and the various Local Authorities in England. 

One small change: Ask everyone to celebrate their small wins whether it be buying second hand clothing to planting a patio tree on your balcony.  It all helps.

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.