Project 4F

Faiths For a Fair low carbon Future (4F)

a repair shop

Getting Started with Project 4F

People of faith, like many others in our country, want to get started on the journey to a low carbon future. However, there are obstacles to be overcome. Faith and community buildings may be out of date. Members may be struggling to reduce their fuel costs. They would like to reduce, reuse or recycle their possessions but don’t know where to go for help. This is particularly true of those who are poorest and most isolated.

But now help is at hand. Through Project 4F Footsteps has obtained funding to work with partner organisations to give advice and help in all these areas, and to spread the information through a regular radio programme.

Photo: Cobbler Repair Shop by Rocco Lucia licenced under Creative Commons BY 2.0

Faith Building Energy Reduction

  • Whole building energy assessments for heavily used faith buildings with high fuel will be carried out by an experienced energy assessor. 
  • Opportunities for reducing energy use and bills identified
  • Small grants for initial changes. 

How faith buildings have benefited

Green Lane Masjid

Green Lane Masjid occupies a group of buildings that was originally a swimming baths and library, built in the early 20th century.

The Project 4F faith building energy assessment made a number of recommendations for action:

Read Case Study

Shree Ram Mandir

Shree Ram Mandir occupies a building that was originally a cinema, built between the wars. It is now a vibrant Hindu temple and community centre.

The Project 4F faith building energy assessment made a number of recommendations for action:

Read Case Study

Next Steps

Contact project4f@footstepsbcf.org.uk for a discussion about an energy assessment for your faith building.

Repair Cafes and Swishing Events

  • Promoting a sharing culture and moving away from ‘throw away’ society.
  • Help for places of worship to run ‘swishing’ clothes exchange events.
  • Repair café where craft and trades people mend broken household items.

Next Steps

Email Project 4F at project4f@footstepsbcf.org.uk for a discussion about how your place of worship cold host a TAWS led Swishing Event or Repair café

Household fuel bill advice & support

  • Practical support for faith community members who are facing difficulties paying fuel bills and keeping warm.
  • Free, impartial advice not aligned to a particular energy company.
  • Help for faith community members to become more confident and take control of their own energy bills.
  • Working with your faith community to provide e.g. training, events or advice sessions.

How households have benefited

“I’m now more aware of how I’m using energy in my home and where I can make savings on my bills.  Thank you for also helping me with topping up my meter.”

Dudley Customer

“I was having terrible time with the prepayment meter, trying to catch up on a weekly basis, changing suppliers and leaving myself in arrears with a previous supplier. It was like a never-ending loop of fuel debts. It was just a really hard time trying to find a way to keep house heated.

Warmer Homes provided support of changing lightbulbs, introducing me to grants and putting in a smart meter so I’m able to monitor my gas and the electric from there.  They also helped with foil behind radiator and lightbulbs.”

Warmer Homes client

Next Steps

If your community wants to reduce your household energy use, identify opportunities for your household income to be improved or make savings on your energy bills, contact project4f@footstepsbcf.org.uk for a discussion.

Birmingham Faith Community Map

The map is being developed as part of Project 4F to help direct support on faith communities in localities of greatest need. The 4F Birmingham Faith Community Map draws together information about Birmingham’s places of worship from a range of current and historic sources, including the faith map  that was on the Birmingham City Council website until 2013. 

The map is linked to information about levels of disadvantage and fuel impoverishment in Birmingham and also contains details of how places of worship are working with and supporting their local communities. 

Read more about the Birmingham Faith Community maps and to download maps booklets Provisional Birmingham Faith Community Map booklets for different areas of the city.

Radio Shows

Over Winter and Spring 2021/22 a series of one-hour  community radio shows were broadcast on Unity FM with speakers discussing different aspects of Project 4F with co-hosts Dr Peter Rookes and Mahmooda Qureshi.

You can listen here to the shows using the links below.

Monday 15th Nov 2021 Project launch
Monday 6th Dec 2021 Fuel poverty
Monday 10th Jan 2022 Swishing and Repair Café events
Monday 24th Jan 2022 Faith Building Energy Assessments
Monday 7th Feb 2022 Getting the Message Out
Monday 21st Mar 2022 Fuel Poverty
May / June 2022 TBC Learning from Project 4F
Project 4F receives funding from the ICLEI Action Fund.
Project 4F receives funding from the ICLEI Action Fund.
Project 4F is managed by Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future) a project of Birmingham Council of Faiths reg. charity no. 1015006
Project 4F is managed by Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future) a project of Birmingham Council of Faiths reg. charity no. 1015006

Project 4F 2021.