Kendal Town Council

KENDAL GETS BEHIND ITS CLIMATE CHANGE CITIZENS’ JURY

Yet again Kendal residents, visitors and businesses have rallied together to support their

Citizens’ Jury. In just 14 days, a second Crowdfunder campaign raised £2,050 from

58 committed supporters. This money will be combined with £2,000 confirmed from Kendal

Town Council and a further £2,000 allocated by South Lakeland District Council from its Climate Change Community Fund to launch the next phase of the project.

As the jurors cast their final votes on the draft recommendations, work is underway to

establish a task force challenged with ensuring the recommendations have the best possible

chance of being actioned.

Kendal-based film company Land and Sky has been commission to create a short film to

promote the Jury’s recommendations and inspire change. The recommendations and

film will be launched publicly early in the new year. Private screenings will be hosted with

stakeholders and committed organisation to discuss what action can be taken.

The funding raised will create an opportunity for jury members to be part of the next phase

and to join the ongoing discussions. Support, in the form of vouchers and coaching, will be

offered to jury members who would like to remain involved, ensuring this diverse group of

citizens have equal access.

Kendal Town Clerk and Chair of the Recommendations Task Force, Chris Bagshaw said: “We

are thrilled with the response to our second Crowdfunder campaign and are grateful to our

colleagues at South Lakeland District Council for their ongoing commitment. The additional

funding will be instrumental in ensuring the resources and dedication that has gone into the

Citizens’ Jury is honoured and that the project results in positive change for Kendal.”

For more information visit the https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ or follow Kendal

Citizens’ Jury on Facebook facebook.com/KendalCitizensJury/. Sign up to the mailing list to

be the first to receive news and announcements.

Kendal Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and together with the Kendal Climate Change Citizens Jury this Biodviersity Grant represents some of the actions Kendal Town Council are taking to respond to the climate emergency.

To apply please read the Biodiversity Grant Criteria here and complete this application form.

Applications must be received by 1pm on Monday 30th of November via email to helen@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk

We look forward to receiving your application!

Yet again Kendal residents, visitors and businesses have rallied together to support their Citizens’ Jury. In just 14 days, a second Crowdfunder campaign raised £2,050 from 58 committed supporters. This money will be combined with £2,000 confirmed from Kendal Town Council and a further £2,000 allocated by South Lakeland District Council to launch the next phase of the project. As the jurors cast their final votes on the draft recommendations, work is underway to establish a task force challenged with ensuring the recommendations have the best possible chance of being actioned.

Kendal-based film company Land and Sky has been commission to create a short film to promote the Jury’s recommendations and inspire change. The recommendations and film will be launched publicly early in the new year. Private screenings will be hosted with stakeholders and committed organisation to discuss what action can be taken.

The funding raised will create an opportunity for jury members to be part of the next phase and to join the ongoing discussions. Support, in the form of vouchers and coaching, will be offered to jury members who would like to remain involved, ensuring this diverse group of citizens have equal access.

Kendal Town Clerk and Chair of the Recommendations Task Force, Chris Bagshaw said: “We are thrilled with the response to our second Crowdfunder campaign and are grateful to our colleagues at South Lakeland District Council for their ongoing commitment. The additional funding will be instrumental in ensuring the resources and dedication that has gone into the Citizens’ Jury is honoured and that the project results in positive change for Kendal.”

For more information visit the https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ or follow Kendal Citizens’ Jury on Facebook facebook.com/KendalCitizensJury/. Sign up to the mailing list to be the first to receive news and announcements.

The UK’s first ever Climate Change Citizens Jury at a town level has been a huge success!

20 Kendal residents have attended 10 Jury sessions to learn more about Climate Change in order to answer the question ‘What should Kendal do about Climate Change?’.

To support the next step, the creation of a promotional film, follow this link. 

To introduce the topic Jury members heard from national experts including Chris Stark, the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Professor Becky Willis and Professor Mike Berners Lee. Armed with new information and climate change understanding, Jury members independently decided to focus on three key areas (energy production, transport, and food and farming) to help answer the overarching question. A further nine well respected commentators shared their expertise in these key areas. All the commentator presentations are available on the Kendal Climate Change Citizens Jury website here and via Facebook here.

 Next steps

The Jury members are currently writing their recommendations to answer ‘What should Kendal do about Climate Change?’.

We are committed to making sure the time and dedication of the Jury is honoured and results in positive changes in Kendal. The Citizens Jury has brought together both passion and an evidence base through deliberation. We want to ensure that our jurors’ voices are heard.

We want to raise funds to create a short film to promote the Jury’s recommendations and engage the key organisations they call upon for change.

The film will feature:

  • Jury members presenting the recommendations and calling for change
  • Extracts from the 12 commentator presentations
  • Responses from Kendal residents

Kendal Town Council will take the film on a private screening tour to engage the organisations that have committed to responding to the recommendations –  read the commitments here.

Traditionally, Citizens Jury recommendations would be launched at a launch event. We think an adapted virtual approach will create the opportunity for more in-depth conversations and debate. Each committed organisation will be supported to host a screening followed by a Q&A. We will also encourage other Kendal groups to screen and discuss the film. The film will form part of a longer term strategy to take the recommendations forward, including TEDx talks in Kendal on the theme of the recommendations.

By reaching our funding target we will create the opportunity for Jury members to join the private screenings and be part of the discussions. We’ll be able to support the Jury members that need it, both in the form of vouchers and mentoring/coaching, so our diverse group of citizens have equal access.

You can donate here, your donation will support both the creation of the film and the opportunity for jury members to promote and engage with key organisations to influence change.

Kendal Town Council have allocated a further £2000 to fund this next phase of the project to continue the work of the jury and ensure the recommendations have the best possible chance of being actioned.

Crowdfunding success will make a huge difference to both the quality of the film and the extent to which Jury members will continue to be involved, your contribution is much appreciated.

Help us to celebrate the achievement of Kendal’s Citizen Jury.

THANK YOU from all our Jury members and Kendal Town Council.

 

 

Kendal Town Council’s first digital newsletter is now available to read and download via this link.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed content and to Steve Parkman at Creative 42 for the design work.

Members of Kendal Climate Change Citizens’ Jury have now been agreed following a four-week recruitment drive with 4,000 letters sent to randomly selected addresses across Kendal and 250 replies received. The twenty strong Jury has been chosen to reflect the diversity of Kendal’s population in terms of age, gender, attitudes to climate change and geography.

 

Cllr Eamonn Hennessy from Kendal Town Council said: “We have been astounded by the response to the recruitment drive, with registrations of interest coming from all corners of the town and from people of all ages. After so much planning and campaigning to make Kendal the first ever town to host a Citizens Jury on climate change, it feels fantastic to finally have this exciting and innovative process underway.  I for one am looking forward to following the jury’s progress throughout.”

The first of nine sessions start on Thursday (2nd July) when Jury members will get to meet each other for the first time at an online meeting hosted by Shared Future, a not-for-profit social enterprise. The jury members will get to listen to and question a range of expert commentators before creating a set of recommendations which will be presented in October to the Town Council and other key organisations.

Businesses, residents and visitors are encouraged to follow this important and influential group as they debate, discuss and consider the question ‘What should Kendal do about the emergency of climate change?’. A dedicated website – https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ – is launched this week which will allow members of the public access to recordings of presentations made to the jury by a range of expert commentators throughout the process. The first three experts have been selected to set the context for the jury, but after that the group will steer the sessions and identify the topics they wish to explore in their fortnightly meetings. Details of the jury’s developments will be shared via the website and social media as they evolve throughout the process.  The website also offers information on what a Citizens’ Jury is and how the process has worked in cities around the UK. It will be regularly updated and will record the recommendations made by the Jury after they’ve been presented to Kendal Town Council and partners in October. Following the process, the website will be kept updated with the actions made based on the recommendations.

Cllr Jon Owen from Kendal Town Council said: “The Crowdfunder campaign proved just how important climate change is to Kendal’s community. We urge businesses and residents alike to join us on this journey by keeping up to date with the jury as it progresses. Between now and October we will be sharing commentator presentations, interviews and summaries of jury sessions via our new website and Facebook page. Everyone has a part to play in ensuring the recommendations are responded to, so make sure you stay informed.”

Funding has come from the Town, District and County Councils and 181 local people who contributed to a Crowdfunder campaign which raised over £6,000.

For more information visit the https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ or follow Kendal Citizens’ Jury on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KendalCitizensJury/

Date: 30 June 2020

In partnership with the Waste Into Wellbeing initiative, Kendal Town Council are encouraging allotment holders to donate surplus produce.

Donations can be dropped off at Outside In on Beezon Road (LA9 6EL) on Thursdays between 2pm and 3pm and Sundays between 11am and 12am.

For more info read this overview of the project from Waste into Wellbeing.

 

Kendal’s much loved Unity Festival will still be taking place this year despite current restrictions. Please open THIS POSTER for more info and or check out the teams Facebook Page via Kendal Unity for details of online activities before the Festival itself takes place on Saturday the 20th. More details here.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has backed a national campaign to encourage people to look after mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The ‘Every Mind Matters’ guide has been developed in partnership with clinicians, academics and leading mental health charities and offers authoritative and evidence-based practical support.

SLDC have funded the printing and distribution of 16,000 copies of the guide to support local people.

To download a copy please follow this link.

The Kendal Integrated Care Partnership have also published an update available here.

17th April 2020

The following posters outline help and advice for staying safe, abuse concerns, emergency support and advice for parents regarding Coronavirus in Children. For current government advice please follow this link.