Camphill Estates Promotes Sustainable Travel with New Facilities

Lucy Johnston2023, News

Thanks to the new showering and changing facilities, Camphill Estates has inspired more of its team to travel sustainably to work. Discover how the Nestrans Sustainable Travel Grant helped support their travel plan below:

Camphill Estates is a local charity organisation that works in partnership with five independent Camphill charities to help improve the lives of children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs, by making available land and assets and a variety of support services, to ensure the charities can deliver their charitable objectives. The organisation recently developed an active travel plan for staff and volunteers travelling to their site at Murtle House in Bieldside.

The charity was keen to encourage people to walk, cycle or wheel to work, but while the location had ample bicycle parking, it lacked the facilities for changing and showering. This was highlighted as a major barrier for those wishing to undertake active travel. As such, they wanted to redesign and renovate their showering and changing facilities to make them fit for purpose and improve accessibility.

Their application to the Sustainable Travel Grant was also influenced by upcoming changes to the number of people visiting the site. Camphill Estates were getting ready to Camphill School Aberdeen with a major £10 million over 10 years Capital Campaign – Building Futures Transforming Lives, with around 25-50 subcontractors expected on site each day.

Camphill Estates were keen to extend the new changing facility to staff, volunteers and the subcontractors to encourage workers to travel sustainably and reduce their carbon footprint.

Applying in November 2022, Camphill Estates were granted 50% match-funding from the Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme. The project is now complete, and the staff and volunteers at Murtle House can enjoy the benefits of a new shower and changing facility.

Rob Clunas, Major Gifts Officer at Camphill Estates said, “We are delighted to have new showering facilities, which has really encouraged the team to adopt more active travel methods. I would encourage any organisation to engage with the Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme, the applications is really straightforward and the Nestrans team were really helpful and friendly.”

In addition, community groups, charities, and social enterprises can apply for the grant’s sister scheme, the Community Sustainable Travel Grant. Under this scheme, similar projects can be awarded upfront funding that can be supported with a contribution or contribution in kind, without requiring match-funding from the applicant.

Click here for more information on the grants and how to apply. Alternatively, feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist you with your application.