Happy New Year!

In our first six frenetic months Hubbub has run two campaigns helping cut food waste.  We used Halloween and Christmas to encourage people to rethink their usual routines.  The Pumpkin Festival in Oxford brought together community groups around the theme of #PumpkinRescue.  At Christmas, we worked with Marks and Spencer to run #FestiveFreeze demonstrating how families could save £250 a year by freezing food that would otherwise be wasted.

With DECC we created the tweetathon #BackClimateAction and in December we launched our Fashion Hub at the House of Commons.  This launch followed a Refashion Day at Somerset House which helped 80 people learn new ways to make clothes last longer.

In 2015, we will accelerate efforts to cut food waste.  In West London we will unite local community groups around a campaign to be launched on Pancake Day called #FlippingFood Waste.  Early February will see the formal launch of the Food Hub at the House of Commons with the backing of Kerry McCarthy MP.  Further campaigns are planned for the remainder of the year including more Pumpkin Festivals in other communities.

Helping increase the life of clothing will be high on our agenda.  Working with the retailer JoJo Maman Bebe ‘From a Mother to Another’ will gift beautiful unwanted children and baby clothing to families supported by Barnardo's.  In Somerset House we will run further Refashion Days helping more people extend the lives of their favourite clothes.  ‘Who Gives a Shirt’ will focus attention on the environmental impact of football shirts and a partnership with the charity UpRising will create a new movement of young people from excluded backgrounds passionate about sustainable fashion.

In April, we will launch our Neighbourhood Hub with a pioneering new approach to fighting litter.  This will bring together a coalition of organisations focussed on Villiers Street in Central London.  Results will be openly shared with all interested parties helping to kick-start innovative ways to rid our streets of unsightly rubbish.

Further conversations with partner organisations are underway.  If these go to plan, our Home Hub will be launched helping households to buy the most energy efficient appliances and exploring new approaches to ending the scourge of fuel poverty.  Our sports and leisure hub will help pubs become the sustainable heartbeat of communities and we will demonstrate how sport can be a focal point helping people do good and have fun.

Collaboration and creativity will be core to all we do.  We hope our plans for 2015 inspire you to join us, allowing you to follow our journey.  If you would like to get more involved please do email me at [email protected] and I would be delighted to hear your ideas.