August Newsletter

We've had a very busy summer over here doing workshops and recycling crafts with several community groups, we hope you've had a great summer too! We've been approached by a couple of groups lately about doing workshops at their venue, and we're definitely up for this so please get in touch if you'd like us to come and do a workshop for a group you're involved with, be it for your volunteers, staff or community groups using your facilities, we'd love to help! We can offer workshops around recycling, reuse and repair, sewing, upcycling, food waste, budget cooking, how to cut down your waste, how to save money on home energy... you name a carbon-footprint reducing activity and we can make something to fit!

We've created this monthly newsletter to update you all on each element of the project, you can unsubscribe at any time if you no longer wish to hear from us. Please do get in touch if you want to know more about what we're doing, if you have any ideas for events you would like to see, or if you'd like to get involved: email or call 01382 221222.


Give Box donations sorting - 22nd August, 5th & 19th September, 1-4pm, Gate Church International

We really need another one or two volunteers to help us get through the volume of items coming through, if you can make it for an hour or three, we'd be very grateful. Email or call us for more information. 


Doors Open Day - 8th September, 11-4pm, Gate Church International

Join us in our café space for FREE coffee and cakes, shop for locally produced goods at our Craft Fair and take a tour of historic St Marks Church. St Mark’s Church was built between 1868 and 1869. It was designed by Pilkington and Bell in a free Gothic style typical of Frederick T Pilkington. The church was extended in 1879 by Ireland and MacLaren. Featuring superb stained-glass windows and a raised-timbre ceiling, this A-listed church is a unique example of circular congregational seating and aisles. An ambitious energy efficiency project within the church buildings, grant-assisted by the Climate Challenge Fund, is currently under-way, you can see the progress of this work during your visit.


Natural Home Workshop - 29th September, 10-12pm, Gate Church International

Fed up of all the plastic packaging and nasty chemicals your household cleaning products come with? Come and learn how to make some basic products yourself, such as dishwasher tablets, all purpose spray, toilet cleaner and more. You'll all get samples to take home with you, and all the instructions you'll need to try them and other things at home! Because we're using easily accessible natural ingredients, these alternatives will save you money, as well as being non-toxic, good for allergies and better for the environment. Win win! Please book your place here.


Climate Week Scotland 2018 - 1st-5th October, times and locations TBC

We are getting together with University of Dundee and Friends of the Earth Tayside to put on a programme of events to highlight Climate Week Scotland. The program will be themed around food and waste, and will include a film screening, a litter pick, and various workshops! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details about this.


Natural Beauty Products 26th October, 2-4pm, Gate Church International

Would you like to cut down your use of plastic? Or would you like to know more about using all natural ingredients in your daily routine? Come and learn how to make some basic beauty/self care products yourself, such as face wipes and deodorant... plus lots more. You'll all get some samples to take home with you, instructions so you can try them again at home, and some advice for reducing your plastic use in the home. Because we're using easily accessible natural ingredients, these alternatives will save you money, are just as good for your skin/beauty needs (if not better!) and the containers are reusable so much better for the environment! Book your place here.

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We took our plans to the council and received only a few minor comments with regards to the existing trees and accessibility of the structure. We need to have a couple of short meetings with the relevant council departments before the official planning application can be made. Once that is done, we will be on the hunt for a 10' x 8' shipping container, if anyone know of any companies that may be willing to donate one/sell us one very cheaply, please do let us know!

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Now that the summer holidays are coming to an end, we would encourage anyone with children to pass on their old school uniforms, if you haven't already done so. We have been collecting them over the summer and through various community cafes have redistributed them around the city to those in need. If anyone has more please drop them in a Give Box and we will continue to pass them along. As Autumn approaches we would also really appreciate donations of warm clothing that you may not need anymore, so we can pass these on in plenty of time for winter.

We are expanding our network of boxes, if you know somewhere a box would be handy for you, please do let us know. To see our current locations check out the Give Box Map on our website.

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Keep Scotland Beautiful have produced a 'Climate Literacy Guide' to help us all understand what climate change is and what we can do about it. So if you would like to read more about it and see what a low carbon Scotland might look like... click here. The aim of our Carbon Literacy program is to introduce people to the notion of carbon emissions and how they are affected by our every day choices. We recently held a workshop showing people how to make Beeswax Wrap - an alternative to cling film and sandwich bags - to make people think about substituting household and single-use plastics for more environmentally-friendly options. Little changes can go a long way! Come along to one of our workshops to find out more.

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To find out more about the energy efficiency work we're doing, come along to Doors Open Day (listed in the events above) and take the tour! We're also having a DIY day on 22nd September from 9-5 if anyone has any time to give to help with some odd jobs around the community buildings, free lunch will be provided!


There are so many opportunities to volunteer with the project, whether it's helping with Give Box donations, gardening, workshops and events, or to be a part of the Community Fridge team. So no matter what skills you have or how much time you can give, we would love to hear from you.

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