We’re an active and passionate group of individuals who in 2022 plan to open the first community-led “Green Hub” in a major shopping centre before rolling them out across the UK. We’ve already secured the first unit. We need your help to get the equipment we need to transform from an empty cafe, and the training for the volunteers that will man the space. We’re aiming to raise at least £10,000 via this page to go towards this and we’re also fundraising via other means in our community.
We want to create a space where everyone feels encouraged and supported to take a small step towards a greener lifestyle, without judgement. We want to use this opportunity to spark conversations about the climate emergency with some of the 20 million people who visit the shopping centre each year, whether or not they’ve ever considered their impact before, and to create a place the community can connect in taking action as individuals and together. We will then use this model to take the conversation wider and open more Hubs.
We have a vision to change the world working together with local residents, community groups, councils and businesses we can make a measurable difference to our environment
The Green Hub will be a community space hosting a Library of Things (sharing high quality versions of everyday items not every house needs to own, such as tents, DIY and party items, which are kept in good condition), as well as interactive displays, events and clinics that will promote a more sustainable lifestyle. It will be manned mainly by volunteers living in the community and passionate about making changes to reduce personal impact, trained to be able to support people newly on their journey and acting without judgement, having been on the same journey. It will be a place to have a conversation and ask the questions you can’t find answers to, or have been embarrassed to ask.
The Green Hub will encourage a sharing economy rather than buying new within the local community- donating, sharing and mending and helping people think differently about the way we live and, in the process, saving money and improving their wellbeing. As well as the Library of Things we will be lending our reusable party kits, sewing machines and much more. We will team with a range of partners and community groups to reach as many people as possible, ensure the Green Hub is a success and that all groups are included and offered the support they need to fit their circumstances.
We will run a number of our community events and workshops focused on waste reduction such as recycling, reuse, circular economy and food waste, and on improving biodiversity, carbon reduction, home adaptation and wider sustainability. We’ll have sustainable businesses popping up and demonstrating their products and teaching new skills to the community, and organise events such as Terracycle collections, book donations, costume exchanges and plant swaps. And we’ll help people to see the personal wellbeing and financial benefits of going green.
We will ask our local community what they want to see changing locally and nationally and will ensure our other action-focused projects reflect this and the data is fed to decision makers to support meaningful structural change. And we’ll be gathering information which will allow the owners of the Centre to roll out Hubs across their other spaces, and to help make the case for a Green Hub in every Town.
We need your support to make the Green Hub a success. Your donations will enable us to :
- Train and mobilise 120 volunteers to offer support in the Hub
- Reach up to 20,000 new people a year who don’t yet take action to reduce their climate impact
- Make sure everyone in the community knows about the space and what they can get from it
- Add in equipment and furniture to make it more inviting and bring more people into the space
- Provide a projector and screen, portable stoves, for events and ipads for community engagement
- Capture the learning and set-up and processes to allow any Town or City to set up a Hub
Greener and Cleaner have since 2019 been helping people work towards creating a greener and more sustainable local community. Our goal is to normalise a more sustainable way of life by inspiring local people to care about the community they are part of, working together, at home, in schools, in workplaces and community groups to make changes, however small, to tackle environmental concerns with practical solutions.
We have an online membership of 6,500 households, with over 120 active volunteers running projects bringing together different partners in the local community to support their journeys to becoming more sustainable. We support initiatives including promoting active travel, improving air quality, creating more biodiverse spaces, and encouraging re-use of items by mending and up-cycling. We are also a voice for environmental issues in Bromley and South East London, working with decision-makers to show that the community really cares about the climate emergency. Our partnerships currently include 35 schools, 100 businesses and over 40 community groups in Bromley and wider South East London- bringing people together for eco-swap events to share knowledge and ideas. We have proved locally that everyone can make a difference and engage with the cause if given information by peers which is tailored to them. We’re keen through this first Green Hub and those that will follow to help all the UK’s communities to find that same momentum.