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1% St. John’s Sunshine

St. John’s Sunshine is a voluntary community co-operative set up to provide renewable energy to the St John’s Centre, which is generated by solar panels installed in 2012. They distribute the revenue they earn from the Feed-in Tariff Scheme to local community projects through their Sunshine grants initiative. The St. John’s Centre provides facilities for a range of community groups and visitors from within Old Trafford and beyond. A key aim is to explore options for reducing environmental impacts and encourage the local community to engage with issues that reflect society, the environment and economic matters.

In 2015 St. John’s Sunshine installed additional solar panels with our help in order to increase solar output for the centre and to boost the income the panels generate from the Feed-in Tariff. The extra energy generated will power a solar kitchen - a new energy-efficient kitchen planned for the centre that will support community events, provide facilities to teach cooking and food preserving skills, encourage local and social enterprise e.g. income from producing jams, chutneys and other products using locally grown food and surplus ‘waste’ food. It will also increase the amount of Sunshine grants available to support the local community.

St. John’s Sunshine encourages cooperation by promoting co-operative ways of working and living. Anyone in the community can become a member of the co-operative and have a say in the election of Directors and in the allocation of grant funding. St John’s Sunshine members and Directors share their knowledge with others by holding events, delivering presentations and offering advice.
 

St. John’s Sunshine
 

  Some of the projects we support

4% - Soil for Life - Established in 2002, Soil for Life assists Township communities in South Africa to overcome hunger and poverty through the establishment of food gardens. 

4% - NEED Burma - Burma’s Network for Environment and Economic Development works with people across all ethnic groups to build a stronger civil society that empowers rural communities to develop sustainable futures.

4% - CELUCT - have been working for over 20 years to create sustainable, agro-ecological farming practices to tackle food insecurity in Zimbabwe.

1% - Middlewood Trust - The Middlewood Trust is based in Lancashire and was set up 30 years ago to provide education and research into sustainable living and food production, low impact lifestyles and ecosystems.

1% - St. John's Sunshine - is a community co-operative in Old Trafford which generates solar energy for a community centre and uses the revenue to benefit local people.

View some of the other projects we've supported

 
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