Funding and Volunteer Support

Following funding commitments by Kendal Town Council, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council, a crowdfunding campaign was launched in February 2020 with resounding success.

181 donations were received from individuals and businesses alike, resulting in a total of £6,000 raised. This gave the Citizens’ Jury its official go ahead as match funding from the Local Authorities.

A second crowdfunder was launched in October 2020 to support the creation of the short promotional film 59 supporters helped us to reach our target of £2000. The film was shared with many organisations who can implement the recommendations of the Citizens Jury.

The jury organisers from an early stage, recognised the huge amount of expertise and enthusiasm which exist in every community including Kendal. Members of the oversight panel and organising group decided that many of the tasks necessary for a high-quality jury process could be carried out by volunteers. Potential volunteers were invited to attend a zoom call where the process was discussed in more detail and small groups were formed to agree possible areas of responsibility. As a result four volunteer subgroups were formed: 

• Communications

• Creative

• Evaluation

• Information technology support 

Further support was given by volunteer students from Lancaster University’s Environment Centre. 

The Creative subgroup included members who gave their own time to design the Jury logo and artwork for the website (Lucy Gallagher) and to develop the partnership with Kendal Torchlight Carnival. Banners were displayed for four months encouraging members of the public to think about the jury’s question ‘what should Kendal do about the emergency climate change?’ 

The Evaluation group volunteered many hours to develop appropriate research methods to assess the effectiveness of the Jury. The group interviewed Jury members and oversight panel members and co-ordinated a community survey. A summary of their findings is available here.

The information technology support group included members who gave their own time to design and establish this website (Rory Black of local creative agency Design Works) and offered to support any jury members with their use of the zoom platform, laptops or access to the internet if needed. 

A huge thanks goes out to all the members of the volunteer sub groups who put so much effort into their attempts to make the jury a success. 


Thanks to the following organisations for their support.

Words of encouragement from the Crowdfunder campaign

“We see it as a fantastic opportunity to empower the local community. As a small business we rely on a thriving town and the citizens’ jury will help.”

Miller Clear Architects

“This is a great idea. The best solutions to the climate emergency will be the ones we discover together as a community.”

Celia Forsyth

“Pleased to see Kendal taking the Climate Emergency seriously and engaging local people to develop solutions that are sustainable.”

Annabel Burn

“Let’s make this the first of many in this country.”

Jonathan Noblett

“Tackling climate change is essential for the future of our planet. Think globally, act locally.”


“A citizens’ jury is an excellent example of democracy in action, a bottom up approach. A jury on Climate Change is of vital importance just now.”

Jane Willis

“A good initiative that I hope will get more people thinking seriously about what they can do to help combat climate change”

John Nash

“We know to make any impact on human behaviour regarding ecological collapse and climate emergency we have to work together.”

Beetham Holiday Homes

“We are more than happy to support you with such an important issue”

Penningtons (Kendal) ltd

“I value this opportunity for members of the community to listen, discuss, reflect and advise on this most vital and urgent issue of the effects of climate change on our world.”

Elizabeth Jones

“Fully supportive of a citizens jury, really hope this happens and that we collectively and locally find a way to live more sustainably.”

Tommy Burnett

“One practical way in which politicians could explore the public mandate for action and develop meaningful policy solutions is through greater use of deliberative processes such as citizens assemblies. Rebecca Willis – Kendal Mountain Festival agree with this.”

Kendal Mountain Festival

“Good to see Kendal and Cumbria leading the way ”

Annette Hennessy