The Yorkshire Gathering this Saturday 14th in Leeds!

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When: Saturday 14 March 2015, 10.15am to 4.30pm.
Where: Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, Yorkshire LS3 1AD – 0113 243 2210

– The annual Yorkshire and Humber gathering is your yearly hit of local inspiration, energy, ideas and training. A great opportunity to meet-up, share skills and get excited about the year ahead!

– You can register your attendance here:
– And on the facebook event –

– Attendance is FREE and OPEN TO EVERYONE – you do not have to be a member of a Friends of the Earth local group to attend!

– Any suggestions or queries please contact Carla –

Catering: Teas and coffees provided, please bring a packed lunch/something to share (there is also a café on site if you want to buy food there)


10.15 – Registration and welcome over tea and coffee
Please try and arrive before 10:30 so we can start on schedule. Arrive early to network with staff and other activists.

10.30 Welcome to the Gathering. Carla and Simon talk you through the day

10:45  What’s happening with campaigns and programmes in 2015? A strategic overview of our work in 2015 – Elaine Gilligan

 11.15 Workshops
1.  Bees and Nature – Sandra Bell, bees and nature campaigner Friends of the Earth The next steps for bee campaign and how this fits into wider work on nature.

2. Fracking and Planning – Simon Bowens Find out more about the fracking movement locally and nationally, discuss your campaign and get expert advice on planning.

 12.15 Lunch at the venue + solidarity action Please bring a packed lunch or something to share

 13:00 The Region in 2015 Simon Bowens and local group members and community members from across the region update us on state of play across the region in 2015.

 13.30 success, challenges and what your group has been up to – get a hit of inspiration from others in the room

 14.00 Networking Café A chance to share information, ask questions and update each other on other local campaigns. Choose 2 x 30 min sessions over the hour – please suggest other sessions.

  •  Divestment  – Simon Bullock
  •  Regional issues – Simon Bowens
  •  community energy projects – Anne Schiffer Henry Chown

15.00 Break

15:15 Workshops
1.         The Road to Paris and Beyond. Simon Bullock and Carla Doran.
What are we doing on the road to Paris and how can we make Paris and people power come alive in our communities

2.           Are you ready to Run on Sun?  Henry Chown, Community Energy campaigner Friends of the Earth. An   update on the campaign and how you can get involved, unveiling the next phase and exploring how to work with local authority and community energy actors in your area.

16.15  Wrap-up

 16:45   ENDS…Then drinks at a nearby venue