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The story of...

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Contents 1. Introduction Quaker Ethos 2. Our Work Groups 3. Gardening Sewing & Crafts Friends of... 4. Family Hour Events & Workshops 5. Ecocentre Outreach 6. Energy Advice Group Visits 7. Education Volunteers 8. Environmental Impact 9 & 10. Finance

2010 has seen exciting developments and huge growth for Northfield Ecocentre. Our groups went from strength to strength due to the hard work of our groups and events manager Jane Baker. We took on two new members of staff for our energy advice service funded through Birmingham Councils Working Neighbourhood Fund. Later in the year In October our manager went on maternity leave, leaving Luke to take the steering wheel until she returns.

Services, adding a loans library, free home energy advice audits and a family crafts group. We also set up a Friends of Victoria Common group, developed our fact sheets and web site, set up an internship program and started running a regular Swap It! Contained within this document is the story of 2010. We hope you find it enlightening. Acting manager

As 2010 was our second year in operation we’ve been Clerk of the management continually developing our committee

Quaker Ethos Quakers have long held a testimony to equality and simplicity; over 200 years ago the Quaker John Woolman wrote against the overexploitation of the world’s resources. The Quaker message was that we urgently need to reduce our consumption of the world’s resources and to protect the planet for future generations.


Northfield Ecocentre is owned by Central England Quaker Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends under registered charity 224571.

Our Work 2010 was our first full operational year and it saw us continue developing and diversifying our services specifically concentrating on energy advice, groups and outreach. Contacts made through these activities were largely responsible for an overall 70% increase in 1200

contacts made throughout the year. We increased our staffing levels with two energy advisors and kept on our groups & events manager as we felt it was a crucial part of our work.

Ecocentre Activity 2010 vs. 2009


1077 2009 contacts 2010 contacts



600 400 200 90







Groups A number of groups meet regularly at the Ecocentre designed to help people share and develop skills for sustainable living. The role of Jane Baker as Groups

and Events Manager was continued after her initial Transformation funding finished as we felt the groups had become an integral part of our work.


Gardening – Thursday 10am – 12pm 192 attendances for gardening

The gardening group has been very active this year making a bottle green house and cold frame, planting fruit trees and bushes and developing our organic food garden. We also have some very fat pigeons so a scarecrow is next on the list!

‘I really enjoy the gardening group, it’s a laugh meeting new people and having fun’ - Terry

Sewing & Crafts – Friday 10am – 12pm ‘I love sewing & doing it with other people, this group also gives people the chance to overcome loneliness’ - Ankaret 209 attendances for Sewing & Crafts

The Sewing & Crafts group now has a regular core

membership with new people joining all the time. People often bring their own projects but we also have patterns and materials available along with sewing machines, needles and other useful items.

Friends of Victoria Common


Victoria Common is Northfield’s secret garden behind the Ecocentre. We decided to help set up a ‘Friends of’ group with the support of the park manager so it could be better maintained and developed, despite potential funding cuts. The group meets regularly

and run events in the park throughout the year. Check our web site for more details.

Family Hour – Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Family Hour was a new group in 2010. It is all about getting families together to make things out of the rubbish we usually put in the bin. This has led to some very imaginative ideas such as pirate ships from milk bottles, kites from plastic bags and bugs from bottle tops.

356 attendances to Family Hour

‘she really enjoys the family sessions, it’s a nice chance for us to spend time together making fun items’ - mother

Events & Workshops Throughout the year we run events and workshops designed to highlight environmental issues and teach people how to live more sustainably. Events this year included:  Christmas fayre  Make your own cosmetics  Seed swap  Regular SWAP IT!  Nature trails  Nappuchino  Film screenings  The Big Lunch  Photography competition  Election husting


Ecocentre – Public Opening Thurs & Fri 10am – 5pm Web site receives 800 hits a month 317 people visited the Ecocentre for public opening

We are continually developing the Ecocentre and the services it provides. We now have over 50 fact sheets available on topics ranging from solar PV to fair trade.

We have also developed our web site, giving it a completely new look, over 50 pages and a regular blog. Check it out at:

We have renewed all of our displays and set up a new Loans Library allowing people to borrow items such as energy monitors and books.

Outreach Alongside handing out leaflets, light bulbs and power downs, we often do craft activities such as tetra pak wallet making to encourage children and families to reuse waste.

55 outreach events attended 1567 people talked to


We’ve attended many fairs, fêtes and community events throughout the year, giving advice and raising awareness in the community of what the Ecocentre offers.

Energy Advice Since March 2010 we have been running a free advice service to help people save money and reduce their carbon footprints. We have trained advisors who perform an energy audit of the clients’ homes either at the Ecocentre or in another community space. These enable our advisors to suggest ways to make both their building and their behaviour more energy efficient.

"I found the energy audit very useful; I was also given an energy monitor which saved me money. When I finished with it I passed it on to other members of the community who also saved money on their energy bills." - Yvette

155 home energy audits 378 people spoken to about energy efficiency

Our knowledge of relevant government schemes, companies and other related ‘green’ issues means our clients get the best advice possible.

Group Visits The Ecocentre also caters for group visits from schools, community groups and any other interested parties. We do tours of the building, quizzes, presentations, Q & A sessions and craft

activities amongst other things. We tailor our services to individual groups to ensure they get the most out of their visit and go away inspired to help our planet!

121 people visited in a group a session


Education 302 people3took part in our education service

172 children participated in our role play activity ‘Greenville-on-sea’ run by volunteer Harriet Martin. In this activity they design a lowcarbon community and learn

how they can live more sustainable lives through a series of energy related games and role play. A variety of youth groups have also come to explore the centre and take part in craft activities. Luke visited three year 6 classes in a local school, taking their lessons on climate change.


6 internships 92 people on our volunteers list


This year we started an internship program to help people gain experience of working in the environmental sector. The 3 month placements have been very successful, in part due to the high calibre of our interns. We also have upwards of 20 regular volunteers who help with groups and the general running of the centre. 4 of our regular volunteers have come through initial work placement schemes then have stayed on.

I’ve really enjoyed working as a Winter Intern at the Ecocentre... I met some lovely people and gained valuable work experience, all in all hugely rewarding! - Sam

Environmental Impact Energy Usage The Ecocentre is an all electric builing. It supplements the electricity with a solar water heating panel which preheats our water. An air source heat pump warms the building and our water. It is about 2.5 times more efficient than direct electric heating. Our yearly electricity use is given below. 2009 figures are shown in red. -



3326 (1903) kWh was used by the air source heat pump which produced 7535 (4293) kWh of heat (a conversion ratio of 2.25). 1745 (1092) kWh was used for lighting and appliances. 5071 (2995) kWh used in total.

The energy use is dependent on the programme of the centre. Since the building was opened to the public in March 2009 the numbers of staff, volunteers and visitors have considerably increased. The rise in kWh during 2010 corresponds to the increase activity shown in the ‘Our Work’ section.

As one of the prime functions of the centre is to encourage the public to save energy and other resources, we trust that our overall impact on the environment is positive, i.e. the resources we use will be more than compensated by the actions taken by the people we advise. Garden During the year our garden has developed and become much more productive than last year. Most of the things grown have been edible, resulting in good food with negligible “food miles”. We grew all food organically and designed the garden to support local flora and fauna.

CO₂ emissions from energy use:

1.56 tonnes CO₂ emissions saved due to heat pump and solar hot water heater:

1.89 tonnes

Waste generated:

107.5kg Recycled: 46.4% Composted: 27.9% Total waste saved from landfill: 80kg


Northfield Ecocentre Annual Accounts 2010 The Ecocentre’s work and funding expanded significantly in 2010 which has led to an increase in our financial activities. Some of the funding we received in 2010 was restricted income for work in 2011 which is why there is an increase in our reserves. Our reserves policy also requires us to keep a reserve of roughly 6

months running cost. This accounts for the remaining monies. The Ecocentre is in the process of seeking funding to continue the work started in 2010 as the funding for our High Street Energy Advice project ended in March 2011.

Balance sheet as at 31st December 2010

Current Assets: Debtors Short term deposits Cash in bank and in hand Total current assets Current Liabilities (due within 1 year) Creditors due Net Current Assets Creditors due after 1 year Reserves as at 31/12/10





2,705 27,802 15,219 45,726

490 33,890 3,003 37,383

1,161 44,565 0 44,565

1,222 36,161 0 36,161

27,223 17,343 44,565

36,161 0 36,161

The funds of the charity: General Fund Projects Funds


Total Funds

Consolidated statement of financial activities for the year ended 31st December 2010. 2010 General Projects INCOMING RESOURCES Grants from Trusts Central England Quakers Project Funding Donations from Members & visitors Bank Interest & other Total Income

£ 23,500 23,655 1,919 83 49,157

2009 Total


£ 23,500 23,655 90,529 90,529 1,919 83 90,529 139,686

£ 29,250 10,716 12,301 1,964 280 54,511

24,745 37,101 12,162


RESOURCES EXPENDED Employment costs For project partners Operating costs: Building restoration & Furnishing: Total Expenditure


62,896 37,101 31,284 0 74,008 131,281

Income less Expenditure





Balance Brought Forward at 1/1/10 Balance Carried Forward at 31/12/10

35,339 27,223

822 17,343

36,161 44,565

29,877 36,161

38,151 19,122

Northfield Ecocentre’s accounts are independently examined. They are then included into the annual accounts of our parent organisation, Central England Area Quaker Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Charity no. 224571).

6,523 7,312 48,227


General public opening times: Thursday & Friday 10am – 5pm 2nd Saturday of the month 10am – 1pm

Staff Georgia Stokes Jane Baker Luke Pearson

Luke Olly Stuart Bowles Anne Dasgupta

Management Committee Judith Jenner (Clerk) Stuart Masters (Assistant Clerk) Tom Greeves (Treasurer) Peter Ullathorne (Assistant Treasurer) Peter Carter Maud Grainger Stephen Holt Harriet Martin Duncan Miller

This report can be downloaded from our web site

Northfield Ecocentre 53 Church Road Northfield B31 2LB Tel: 0121 448 0119

Annual Report 2010  

We produce an annual report every year detailing the years work, plus our financial and environmental figures

Annual Report 2010  

We produce an annual report every year detailing the years work, plus our financial and environmental figures