The National Care Forum (NCF) has launched its Environmental Sustainability Network for members. The new member forum was unveiled at NCF’s ‘Growing a Greener Future’ event held at the St Monica Trust’s Chocolate Quarter Retirement Village in Keynsham.
As well as supporting member organisations embarking on journeys towards sustainability with resources, peer-learning, and the sharing of data and knowledge during regular forum meetings, NCF will be working to understand how to embed green policies into its own internal strategies and operations. NCF is also advocating for greater support from the government to facilitate the greening of the sector, both funding and other resources, as well as push for research in environmental sustainability for social care to support best evidence based, value for money practice.
NCF CEO Vic Rayner commented: “Our members are anchor institutions in their communities and have a clear role to play in leading effective change. Our mission is to equip our members with the resources, knowledge and peer support needed to become sector leaders, driving forward environmental sustainability in not-for-profit care. Underpinning our mission for a more sustainable future is the commitment to establishing links with wider networks and alliances dedicated to environmental sustainability within adult social care as well as beyond it.
“Thank you so much to the St Monica Trust for hosting us and our members today and for the contributions of all the organisations who attended. We look forward to continuing our journey towards environmental sustainability together, rising to the challenges and maximising the opportunities along the way in helping to create a greener future for care.”
Chief Executive of the St Monica Trust, David Williams said: “A key element of the Trust’s 10-year Strategy is for the charity to make a commitment to environmental sustainability, so we are delighted to be hosting NCF’s ‘Growing a Greener Future’ event and the launch of the Environmental Sustainability Member Network.
“Having recently achieved our first important milestone to being a Net Zero organisation by securing Planet Mark Business Certification, we look forward to sharing our journey towards sustainability with our partner not-for-profit organisations in the care and support sector.”