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.
Make sure there's a need for and interest in training on fuel poverty before you commit.
Training - Training internal staff from your organisation to raise awareness of the issue of affordable warmth is just as relevant as getting the message out to external stakeholders. This doesn't have to be formal training – you can use short briefing sessions/newsletters/social media etc.
Engage with local organisations and deliver jointly sends out a stronger message that everyone is working together towards a common goal. Doing a joint event is also likely to attract a "big hitter" as a keynote speaker.
Statistics – Using local data and statistics (not just fuel poverty, but Excess Winter Deaths, fuel debt figures) can be very helpful in helping you to 'sell' the issue to senior stakeholders and evidencing the need when applying for funding to support your local activities.
A well informed, motivated 'energy champion' can help you reach far more people than you might expect.