We rolled out programmes in Folkestone and Dover during 2014/ 2015, training local unemployed women to become Local Energy Champions.
In the Summer of 2015, we trained eight volunteers ( two of them men) to a Level 1 City & Guilds in Energy Efficiency in the home. See our Big Energy Saving Network for more news about how these champions are helping people save money and keep warm.
Based on the successful “Network to Work” programme delivered by Action Women! Community, the programme recognises that the isolation of unemployment can be deeply debilitating. It also recognises that expanding your network and your “weak” ties to people who are not like you is a great way to gain confidence and to land a job that you may otherwise never have known about.
Fuel poverty is an all too common experience for many people, who worry and suffer in silence. A basic understanding of how to read your energy bill; finding out if you’re better off by switching and simple things that you can do at home all help. Add to that a level of trust in the advice, and you have the ability to grab government grants for energy efficiency measures that come and go with a flick of a switch.
If you want to get a message across, tell a woman.