Monday, 2 December 2013


by Niki Bould


Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) participates in the Cosy Homes steering group, which is made up of Dunedin stakeholders (who participated in September’s Cosy Homes Workshop) with the purpose of developing a leadership/governance body and the programme to ensure that every Dunedin home is warm and cosy by 2025. Many people in Dunedin are living in cold, damp and draughty homes, some of which get only a couple of hours of sun a day during winter, and some of which suffer astronomical heating bills during our coldest months.  Some of these people often can’t afford to pay such enormous bills (so are either cold or impoverished). The Cosy Homes initiative is all about changing not only the health and wellbeing of city residents, it’s also about changing the energy culture of the city – to make fuel poverty a thing of the past

In other BRCT news, we are very sad to sat goodbye to our conscientious secretary Katie Parker who is stepping down in December after serving as a trustee since 2011. At the same time BRCT welcomes Craig Marshall on board as a new trustee. Craig is no stranger to BRCT, as he’s our Cuppa Tea editor and strongly engaged in community action.

The trust recently published the BRCT values on our website to help steer us in our work and as a guide to measure ourselves against as we discuss partnerships and opportunities. More material is going onto the website each month, and talking of which, we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Tom Clarke for all of his behind the scenes website work.

The end of 2013 is nearly upon us, so we would like to thank all of you who have had a hand in making BRCT activities and actions so successful this year and we hope you all have a great holiday!


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