CAT is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. Our site is a unique and valuable practical demonstration centre, a living laboratory with an enormous range of live examples of sustainable solutions. CAT has the largest range of installed renewable systems anywhere. These include: Photovoltaics Solar thermal A micro-grid Off-grid and grid-connected systems Biomass combined heat and power (CHP) Hydro Air source heat pumps A community heat main A range of small to medium wind turbines We also have two reed bed systems, our own off-mains water supply, and extensive organic gardens. In our day-to-day activities we: Run a visitor centre which is open 7 days a week, with 7 acres of interactive displays. Offer a free information service answering enquiries on all aspects of sustainable living. Run a graduate school with a range of postgraduate degrees in sustainability, environmental architecture and renewable energy. Run residential and one-day courses for the general public, as well as more specialised courses for builders, engineers, electricians and plumbers. Provide curriculum-based education to visiting schools, colleges and universities. Host residential education trips for schools and colleges in our unique eco-cabins. Carry out educational outreach work, including teacher training and school visits. Run a successful volunteer programme for those that want to gain hands-on experience. Have a growing network of supporter members who receive our quarterly magazine and an invite to our annual conference. Provide an eco-shop and vegetarian restaurant on site. For those further afield, we also have a mail order service. We also run or are involved with the following projects: ZeroCarbonBritain – a series of research reports addressing scenarios for reducing the UK’s emissions to zero in 20 years. Coed Gwern – 15 acres of sustainably managed woodland, which is home to a range of courses, as well as being monitored and managed for biodiversity. Dyfi Biosphere – the only UNESCO Biosphere in Wales.
The Centre for Policy on Ageing, established in 1947 by the Nuffield Foundation, has a long and distinguished record as an independent charity promoting the interests of older people through research, policy analysis and the dissemination of information. The Centre aims to raise awareness of issues around all aspects of ageing and to support good practice. Its overarching focus is to discover and advocate what older people themselves want and need. An important and unique aspect of the Centre’s work is to act as a hub to encourage the creative exchange of thinking and information on ageing issues. A key element of this work is making knowledge on ageing issues widely accessible to share learning and underpin policy initiatives to support older people. CPA collaborates with national and local government, practitioners, the academic community, voluntary groups and older people to sustain a network of learning around ageing.
CHAT provides extra equipment, books and assessment tools (where no NHS funding available) for all Aylesbury Vale Children referred to the NHS centre, and supports the Wing Unit, a residential respite care unit for children with complex and severe disabilities, allowing parents special time with the rest of the family.