Projects, partnerships and a steering group
The Reading Sustainability Centre doesn’t have any paid staff at the moment. What we do have is an enthusiastic group of experienced volunteers, a few guiding goals and lots of ideas.
Most of the Centre’s work is done through temporary project teams. These are groups of volunteers that come together to undertake a particular project. To date the biggest of these has been the ongoing initiative to establish a hydro-electric generator on Caversham Weir. But a lot of our projects are much smaller – for example undertaking a piece of research, helping organise a visit or putting together a case study for the web site.
As well as these sorts of time limited projects, there are also a few tasks that are taken on by regular volunteers, like producing and sending out the newsletter, maintaining the web site, replying to correspondence and updating Facebook and Twitter.
Where possible we actively look for opportunities to work in partnership with other groups in Reading. Sustainability is too broad a topic for any one organisation to try and tackle on its own, besides there are already a lot of green groups in Reading successfully working for a sustainable future. That said, sustainability is so broad a topic that most groups naturally focus on a particular aspect. The challenge is sometimes to bridge the gaps between the different ‘green’ agendas, and also draw in voices from other fields. We hope that this is one of the roles that The Reading Sustainability Centre can play.
Whilst continuing to be a locally-rooted, volunteer-led organisation, we do look for opportunities to bid for funding to enable us to take on bigger projects, do things quicker and, in the longer term, achieve our goal of a dedicated space for sustainability education in Reading.
Finally, to maintain focus and ensure good communication, we have a steering group that meets once a month. You can find minutes of these meeting here, or using the Downloads link at the bottom of the page.