Volunteer case study – Trustee and sustainable food expert

Bev SedleyBev at Conference

About you:
Bev Sedley, Cambridge City. I’m retired and my passions are my family (including seven grandchildren between the ages of 11 and one), singing and doing something about climate change.

How long have you been involved with Cambridge Carbon Footprint and what is your role?
I’ve been involved with CCF for six years. I’m a Trustee and on the Management Committee, part of the Outreach Team, facilitate Carbon Conversations and am the Trustee with a special interest in our food projects.

So, what do you actually do?
As part of the management team I meet regularly with the coordinator, I used to write funding bids. I initiated the food challenges and have participated in many of them. I’ve been on the team planning larger events, such as Warm Homes Mill Road. Over the last year a lot of my time has been taken up with supporting the creation of Cambridge Sustainable Food, a new network of public, private and community organisations and individuals. I also give talks and run workshops as part of the outreach team.

Why do you volunteer with CCF?
I feel passionately that we need to do something about climate change. I find it personally empowering to be part of a group of people all working towards the same end. I believe that as individuals we can make a difference if we work together to create a groundswell of change.

What are or have been the best bits?
Working with lovely likeminded people. I love facilitating Carbon Conversations groups – participating changed my life and it is good to see other people responding in a similar way. I also love running workshops for new audiences, hearing their views, getting new ideas.

If you were to encourage new people to volunteer with us, what reasons would you give?
Climate change can be a daunting challenge – even though we are only working locally, it is amazing how much more positive I feel because I’m working with other like-minded people, transforming my own life, walking the walk as well as talking the talk.

Which three words best describes Cambridge Carbon Footprint?
 Exciting, committed, supportive

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