Who We Are

We have been working in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to help communities and businesses adapt to the local effects of climate change and reduce our impact on the environment, since 2013.

See Our Journey  here.

This phase of CLS in Dorset has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund, whose grant ends in mid-2016. We are busy fundraising and feel confident we will further some areas of the work. Meanwhile, CLS in Dorset partners have created a wealth of RESOURCES to share, and the networks will carry on – please sign up to our E-NEWS to keep in touch, check our NEWS AND EVENTS page for the latest information and the GET INVOLVED page for ways to join in with local community groups.

Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset is a partnership project led by Dorset Community Action.

The core activity partners are Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Dorset Community Action, Dorset County Council, Dorset Agenda 21, Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset NHS, Transition Town Dorchester, Transition Town Bridport, Wessex Community Assets, West Dorset Partnership, WSX Enterprise Ltd. 

CLS Dorset aims to create positive alternatives to tackle local economic and environmental challenges, and develop resilience among local communities. 

We collaborate wherever possible with other organisations to pursue the various strands of activity. Currently, these include Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dorset Waste Partnership, Dorset Water Partnership, Environment Agency, Wessex Water, Regen-SW. 

Dorset is one of 12 Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) programmes supported by the Big Lottery Fund across England, and is the only such programme in the Southwest. The CLS programme has a Learning Partnership that includes Groundwork UK, Energy Savings Trust, Confederation of Community Farms, and Building Research Establishment: www.communitieslivingsustainably.org.uk.

What's it all about?

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Working with local communities to address climate change in their local area.

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A unique opportunity to partner Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) Dorset and position your organisation at the very heart of sustainable living in Dorset.

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View our photo gallery and see what CLS Dorset has been up to.

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Read the latest news from CLS Dorset.

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See the latest sustainable events taking place in Dorset.

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Supporting schools to take part in the internationally recognised Eco-School programme.

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Providing local residents with information about what they can do to reduce their environmental impact at home.

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Working with communities, local producer groups, healthworkers and business support organisations to make local food more accessible to local people.

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Helping develop community renewable energy projects such as solar installations on school and community buildings.

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