As part of the Community Action Partnership, fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) and British Gas have teamed up with Walsall Housing Group (whg) to progress affordable warmth activity across Walsall. Among other activities NEA is providing training to 200 frontline workers and 200 Walsall residents who will use their training to help others in Walsall.
44 year old Jimmy Lawlor lives in Bloxwich. He attended the 'Energy Matters Energy Cost' training which involves learning about saving energy, dealing with damp and condensation, how to read an energy bill and other energy-related advice. Jimmy was the first community volunteer to receive training and was really surprised to learn that the little changes can make a big difference.
Jimmy said, "I came along just to see if there was anything I could do to cut my own bills and pass on the valuable information to friends, family and neighbours. I am now keen to share my knowledge with others, particularly older people who may be suffering health issues or spending more time in their homes. I get great satisfaction out of volunteering particularly when helping people in difficulty in my own community and getting to know people in the local area. I would urge other people to get involved in the Community Action Partnership training so they too can cut their energy costs and help others to do the same."
Jimmy is hoping to take part in a further training session to equip him to give out more detailed energy advice and is looking forward to putting his training into practice at various energy events planned in Walsall. NEA as part of Community Action Partnership hope to train 200 energy champions throughout the project and 200 frontline workers from local charities and organisations.