Useful Links


Local Alchemy Projects

Leicester North West Alchemy
The Local Alchemy Steering Group in Leicester North West became an incorporated company in August 2005 and has subsequently obtained charitable status as Leicester North West Alchemy. It is now a fully-fledged charitable company which aims to work extensively and collaboratively with existing service providers and stakeholders in the statutory, private, community and voluntary sectors in order to revitalise the local economy of Leicester North West.

Sneinton Alchemy
Our aim is to make Sneinton somewhere everyone would like to live.


International Learning Partners

Brazil - Associação de Apoio à Criança em Risco - ACER (Children at Risk Foundation)
is a civil society organisation that has been working since 1993 in the marginalised area of Eldorado, Diadema, to defend the rights of vulnerable children and young people and to promote social transformation.

Honduras - Social Trade Organisation (STRO)
A research & Development network working in the field of micro-credit, development of small and medium enterprises and strengthening of local economies through commercial and financial networks of exchange.

Israel - Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership
An independent NGO promoting sustainability.

Israel - Shatil
The New Israel Fund's empowerment and training center for social change organisations.


UK Learning Partners

Regeneration East Midlands
Developing skills, improving knowledge, sharing good practice and promoting innovation to improve all aspects of social and physical regeneration in the East Midlands.


Inspiration & Challenge

Community Development Resource Association: Centre for Developmental Practice
A non-governmental organisation from Cape Town, South Africa. Working with development practitioners, organisations and movements who are engaged in social transformation with marginalised communities.

Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute® (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, non-profit organisation. Fostering the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.

Transition Towns
A website for use by all the communities that have adopted the Transition Model for responding to the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

Just Change India
Just Change is an initiative with an objective of establishing an alternative trading mechanism that will benefit the poor communities. We try to achieve this by directly linking poor communities and encouraging them to trade among themselves.

The vision of Just Change is to fight the injustice of the present market economy that impoverishes communities across the globe and to create a system where communities can participate in the economy driven by human values and principles rather than by unidentified market forces.


Responsible Enterprise

Against Environmental Impact
Tools information to help business quantify and mitigate against environmental impact.

BizFizz - A nef, Civic Trust intiative
BizFizz is an innovative programme for entrepreneurs focusing on start-ups, micro and small enterprises in areas experiencing economic disadvantage. It turns the passion and enthusiasm of individuals into a driving force for local economic renewal by mobilising the skills and resources within communities.

The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust provides free, practical advice to business and public sector organisations to help you reduce energy use.

The CarbonNeutral Company
Private sector support to businesses that want to reduce their carbon footprint.

Co-operatives
Promoting and developing co-operative enterprises for an increasingly successful and sustainable co-operative economy.

Embren
A network funded by emda to provide environment management support to businesses. Embren provides a single gateway for businesses and support organisations to access environmental information, support and advice, whilst encouraging providers of environmental business support to work in partnership.

Envirowise
Offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact.

Public Sector: Sustainable procurement
The Cupboard provides a framework for procurement professionals to find case studies, tools, primary documents, and contacts to deliver on multiple public sector targets.

Saving Energy
Factsheet by business sector for saving energy.

Sustainable Development Commission
Good Corporate Citizen tool supports practical action to address climate change in the public sector.

Unique Social Enterprise
Unique Network has been established to build on the success of the award winning Unique Coffee Bar concept. This success has been built around engaging young people through the provision of a safe meeting place for 14-19 year olds with low priced food and drink, free internet access and offering a range of discrete support and advice services. All of this is financially supported by an educational social enterprise delivering alternative education and work experience placements.


Positive Local Money Flows

The E.F Schumacher Society
The E. F. Schumacher Society, named after the author of Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, is an educational non-profit organization founded in 1980. Our programs demonstrate that both social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues.

Unique Social Enterprise
Unique Network has been established to build on the success of the award winning Unique Coffee Bar concept. This success has been built around engaging young people through the provision of a safe meeting place for 14-19 year olds with low priced food and drink, free internet access and offering a range of discrete support and advice services. All of this is financially supported by an educational social enterprise delivering alternative education and work experience placements.

Highstreet
High St. UK is a new national town centre programme aimed at creating a momentum of activity at high street level. The programme focuses on town and city centres, the people that run them, the businesses that operate there, residents and consumers, the people that look to them to provide central services and the local economic systems they fit within.

LM3 Online
Online tool to calculate your organisation's economic contribution to the local economy.

Public Sector: Sustainable Procurement
The Cupboard provides a framework for procurement professionals to find case studies, tools, primary documents, and contacts to deliver on multiple public sector targets.

Wedge Card
The Wedge Card is a new way to get discounts and special offers from hundreds of local shops and independent businesses. The card was the brainchild of John Bird, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue, and Diana Bird, his daughter. Its aim is to re-vitalise local communities by offering an affinity scheme to customers using local shops and services.

Welsh Institute for Community Currencies

  • Researches and evaluates existing Community Currency systems.
  • Supports the establishment of new Community Currencies.
  • Encourages experimentation in Community Currencies.
  • Disseminates knowledge about best practice in Community Currencies through seminars, conferences, training events, publications, articles, interviews, videos, web-site, email lists and step-by-step guides.
  • Monitors and evaluates new Community Currencies.

Assets

Bioregional
BioRegional began back in 1992 because we recognised that over-consumption of resources is the major driving force for environmental degradation. We reasoned that if we could produce more of our goods from local resources, especially waste and renewable resources, in an efficient way then we could reduce the impact of the goods and services we use.

Community Development Finance
The cdfa is the trade association for Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs are sustainable, independent financial institutions that provide capital and support to enable individuals or organisations to develop and create wealth in disadvantaged communities or under-served markets.

Wessex Reinvestment Trust


Community & Civil Voice

Learning to Lead Every student involved has a concern or interest - and Learning to Lead empowers each individual to identify what they care about and act upon it.

Timebanks
Time Banks UK is the national umbrella charity linking and supporting time banks across the country by providing inspiration, guidance and practical help. Time banks link people locally to share their time and skills. Everyone's time is equal: one hour of your time earns you one time credit to spend when you need.


Environmental Sustainability

Climate space
A meeting place and resource for groups tackling climate change.

Energy Saving Trust
Community area, aimed at both schools and community groups looking to improve their energy efficiency.

Groundwork
Groundwork supports communities in need, working with partners to help improve the quality of people's lives, their prospects and potential and the places where they live, work and play.

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)
Aims to accelerate the transition to a sustainable London by connecting and motivating people. Work in partnership with business, government and the voluntary sector to:

  • Reduce London's environmental footprint.
  • Improve the lives of London's disadvantaged communities.
  • Improve the health of Londoners.
  • Improve the knowledge and skills of our communities to achieve these go.

Micropower council
Small scale energy generation.

Sustainable Development Commission
Good Corporate Citizen tool supports practical action to address climate change in the public sector.

Transition Towns
A website for use by all the communities that have adopted the Transition Model for responding to the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.


Interdependence

Just Change India
Just Change is an initiative with an objective of establishing an alternative trading mechanism that will benefit the poor communities. We try to achieve this by directly linking poor communities and encouraging them to trade among themselves.

The vision of Just Change is to fight the injustice of the present market economy that impoverishes communities across the globe and to create a system where communities can participate in the economy driven by human values and principles rather than by unidentified market forces.

Oneworld
OneWorld is the fastest-growing civil society network online, supporting people's media to help build a more just global society.


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