Colleagues Keisha and Rebecca at housing, care and support organisation, Hafod, are two of the first Welsh social housing cohort to recently qualify as carbon literacy trainers as part of the sector-wide Carbon Literacy Project.
Hafod is one of 27 Welsh registered social landlords who form the Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru(CCLC) consortium and are working in partnership to give their colleagues and customers the opportunity to improve their understanding of climate change and global warming.
The aim of increasing carbon literacy among their workforce and customers is to raise awareness and encourage communities and organisations to take action to reduce their carbon footprint in both work and personal life.
Keisha Walters and Rebecca Shand from Hafod’s learning and development team completed the accredited qualification with Manchester Metropolitan University alongside sector colleagues from Linc Cymru, Taff Housing, Melin Homes, Wales and West Housing, Pobl Group, and Tai Tarian.
Rebecca, Learning and Development Business Partner, told us how she’s looking forward to putting the qualification into practice: “The training was a great opportunity to really understand the importance of decarbonisation in the sector. Alongside our peers in the consortium, we’re preparing a blended programme of learning to engage customers and colleagues in the steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprints.”
Further colleagues from across the consortium are signed up to complete the train the trainer course by the end of the year, including 74 in October alone.
Luke Mitchell, Operations Director of Asset Management and Property Services at Hafod, and lead their internal decarbonisation project, said: “This is a great start to tackling the decarbonisation agenda in Welsh social housing via a partnership approach. By working together with our colleagues and communities, we will improve carbon literacy and achieve our long term aim of making our homes carbon neutral.”