We're 'Connecting a Community'
During 2021, Otley 2030 will deliver a six-month community engagement and development programme. This will lay a solid foundation of community capacity building and leadership for the acceleration of a just transition to a net-zero, inclusive and sustainable town in 2030.
Over the next six months we will be reaching out to the community to find out what Otley in 2030 looks like for you. What kind of town do YOU want Otley to be?
How you can get involved:
Come along to our volunteer training
Complete a survey
Join a working group
Visit one of our pop-up hubs
Fruit and Veg Box Campaign
In late 2020, in response to the ongoing pandemic, and to Marcus Rashford’s ‘End Child Food Poverty’ campaign, we began our Fruit and Veg box project.
We currently deliver boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, each school holiday, to between 120 and 140 households. We do our best to support every family, vulnerable adult and older person in the town who is struggling.
We don’t see this as charity – it’s more about showing solidarity for our neighbours. We plan to continue as long as is necessary. We hope that by 2030 the situation for the members of our community who currently need our support will find themselves in better circumstances than they do today.
East of Otley Development
If it goes ahead as planned, the East of Otley development will add 700+ homes and a relief road to the outskirts of Otley. It is the largest local development for decades and it is of huge importance to all members of the Otley community.
The East of Otley Action Group (EOAG) was formed to hold the developers to account. Along with Otley 2030, and working with Otley Town Council and Alex Sobel MP, EOAG are committed to bringing the whole town together to ensure that the Otley Neighbourhood Plan is respected along with regional and national commitments to tackle the climate, biodiversity and inequality crises that we face.
Festival of Kindness 2021
This will be Otley’s first ever Festival of Kindness and it will run for three days from Friday 24th September to Sunday 26th September 2021.
The past 18 months have been difficult: some of us have experienced loneliness and grief, and all of us have experienced anxiety. But we’ve also seen a huge outpouring of kindness and Otley 2030 wants to celebrate this. We want to create a legacy to remind people that even when we feel threatened ourselves, we can find the resources to look outwards and offer support.
Themes for our first festival are ‘Kindness to Self’, ‘Kindness to Others’ and ‘Kindness to the Planet’, and there will be activities suitable for all ages; including music, dance, wellness sessions, storytelling, writing workshops, book swaps, crafting, pop-up theatre and a range of speakers from local, national, and international organisations. Most activities will be bookable but free (and some accessible online). Look out for spontaneous acts of kindness as you move about the town too!
Otley Nature Network
The ONN became a part of the Otley 2030 vision during winter 2020. Our aim is to reverse biodiversity loss in Otley, and beyond. A network of diverse organisations, including Wildlife Friendly Otley, Wharfedale Naturalists, Yorkshire Rivers Trust, Natural England will co-ordinate biodiversity action and promote enjoyment of nature, sharing expertise and supporting one another so that we can bring about change through amplifying ongoing positive work and identifying new opportunities.
Every government for the last 20 years has claimed that they will reverse wildlife decline, but each has failed. It’s up to us to bring about this ambitious transformation today. We must provide our children with a rich and resilient natural environment, in turn inspiring them to face future challenges with compassion and imagination.