Volunteer case study – Electronics Repairer and Management Team

Tom Grantchester Ski (2)Tom Bragg

About you:
I’m Tom Bragg, a retired electronics engineer, living in Newnham, Cambridge. I love being in wild places and find getting there with kayak or bike really satisfying. My background in co-operative living and working fits with CCF’s collaborative approach.

How long have you been involved with Cambridge Carbon Footprint and what is your role?
I’ve been in CCF since 2007, now Chair of Trustees, mostly involved with home-energy.

So, what do you actually do?
I’m managing a great Open Eco Homes team, preparing 18 homes for public visits in September.

In the autumn I’ll help train and organise Thermal Imaging surveyors to enable householders see where their homes loose heat in the winter.

Carbon Conversations got me involved with CCF and I’ve co-facilitated many groups.

Developing and delivering the Eco Coaching travel module has been exciting.

In CCF’s Outreach group I’m particularly keen on consumer technology and repairs.

As a Trustee & Manager I’m part of the team steering CCF and ensuring it’s well-run.

Why do you volunteer with CCF?
With CCF I can contribute to climate change solutions that I couldn’t begin alone: it’s rewarding working in teams to a common purpose. The variety of activity is great and supportive people help work together through the difficult bits and celebrate our successes.

What are or have been the best bits?
Talking with people whose thinking and lives have changed deeply because of CCF – and I’m one of them!  Celebrating successful events when we’ve inspired new people towards their own low-carbon life.

If you were to encourage new people to volunteer with us, what reasons would you give?
CCF helps you find a way of contributing that suits you.  It’s fun working with supportive, like-minded people.

Which three words best describes Cambridge Carbon Footprint?
Inspiring, friendly, fulfilling.

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