Project 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 Faith and community buildings may be out of date.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. 

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

  • Support for faith community members facing difficulties paying fuel bills and keeping warm.
  • Opportunities for reducing energy use and bills identified.
  • Small grants to help reduce energy bills.

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.

Partnership

  • Series of eight Unity FM Connecting Communities radio shows.
  • Faith community map.
  • Part of Birmingham Council’s Route to Zero’s Project 3D and one of six projects in major European cities. 

Radio Shows

Over Winter and Spring 2021/22 there will be fortnightly one-hour Unity FM community radio shows with speakers discussing different aspects of Project 4F with co-hosts Dr Peter Rookes and Mahmooda Qureshi.

You can listen here to earlier shows using the links below, and hear upcoming shows live on UnityFM 93.5 all at 4.00 – 5.00 pm.

Monday 15th Nov 2021 Project launch
Monday 6th Dec 2021 4-5pm Fuel poverty
Monday 10th Jan 2022 4-5pm Swishing and Repair Café events
Monday 24th Jan 2022 4-5pm Faith Building Energy Assessments
Monday 7th Feb 2022 4-5pm Communications
Monday 21st Feb 2022 4-5pm To be announced
Monday 7th Mar 2022 4-5pm To be announced
Monday 21st Mar 2022 4-5pm To be announced
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.