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.
Leadership - Try to get your senior managers to embed fuel poverty objectives into appraisals - if you're going to be appraised on it you are more likely to deliver action.
Terminology is important – many people don't understand the term 'fuel poverty' - so use words they can understand like 'keeping your home warm', 'struggling to pay your energy bill' etc.
Relatively cheap prizes help encourage people to attend community engagement events such as bingo - but make sure they're energy efficient!
Leaflets and relevant energy related information must be translated to accommodate the diverse community urban areas. Picture graphics would help.
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.