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.
Play back cost benefits – nothing speaks louder than £ and p.
Ensure buy in from staff at the correct level is sought at initial discussions/meetings. Failure to do this can result in inactivity and little recognition from an organisation as a whole and disappointment for funders. Dealing with well intentioned staff but who have no decision making powers can lead to poor outputs and outcomes.
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.
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.
When dealing with a group of combined authorities, gaining consensus on what activities to deliver can be challenging. It may therefore be best to go in with a list of suggested activities / outcomes.