Online resource hub for UK community stakeholders of any level.
Our aim for this site is to allow free access to resources, knowledge and contacts to enable people, no matter what their experience level, challenge the issues of fuel poverty in the areas they work and live in. Assisting them to make sustainable changes in their communities.
Of course, you can dive straight into the Resources and Downloads section of the site but you may feel a little guidance may be in order. This is your site and we want you to get everything you need from it but to start you off we have a few suggestions for you depending on which area you identify with.
Communicating your efforts - don't forget the importance of communicating and celebrating what you are doing. Utilise all avenues available eg newsletters/press releases/personal stories to highlight the issue/social media.
Do something different than a stall giving leaflets out – yep Bingo / Picture quiz, lucky dip, spin the wheel always with prizes - it works.
Community Energy Champions work closely with the local community. They are usually community volunteers and/or members of a Residence Association that meet at regular intervals in the evening. In order to gain maximum benefit, Energy Awareness sessions must be arranged to suite the target audience at a time and place convenient to community members.
Ensure targets and objectives are achievable.
Always ensure you consider the priorities of the person you are speaking to – with cut backs, and stretched resources tackling fuel poverty will often not be a priority. You need to make it simple to identify how action on affordable warmth could help support their wider strategic or operational aims/objectives.