In a nutshell, we ask people who are already working closely with a community – how can we help those who really need help with their energy? With our energy know-how and resources, there are three issues we can help to tackle:
fuel poverty and how to reduce it
improving energy-awareness, education and skills – for people of all ages
funding for local community energy projects
Here are just a few examples of the kind of thing we get up to:
We want to work with children, young people and communities to help them learn about energy in a fun, exciting way.
We support schools with curriculum based learning about energy and really like to bring it all to life through workshops, events and even through drama with our Town of Total Darkness play.
We've also worked alongside local councils to help schools reduce their energy usage through understanding and changing the way they use energy.
And we’re really excited to have teamed up with the Scout Association - sponsoring its Global Conservation Activity Badge, and taking our gadget-filled Tent of the Future to scouting events.
Reducing fuel poverty
We want to work with communities to help vulnerable people out of fuel poverty, by supporting local events and projects.
We provide resources and energy saving advice and work with local contacts to come up with new, innovative ideas for tackling the issue.
Working with the national charity Action for Children, we want to help families save energy and money. Families can visit their local centre for friendly one-to-one advice and in some cases, financial support.
We work with Age UK too, helping older people stay warm in winter and save money. We've even brought both charities together, so they can share resources like Age UK’s Handy Van service.
Working with National Energy Action (NEA), local unemployed people have been offered energy efficiency training and a City and Guilds qualification and become energy volunteers in their own communities. They can help others to keep warm and save money whilst improving their own employability through developing new skills.
Funding for Local Energy Projects
We work closely with local community organisations to make sure our funding activity can really make a difference.
For example, we helped a Coventry family centre to replace its suspended ceiling and put in more energy efficient lighting.
We’re also here to help groups spread the word about energy saving throughout their communities. Like the Stoke residents’ association who we helped to run an event for local people, showing them how to save energy at home and an energy themed Christmas party with a housing association in Liverpool.
Hopefully we’re nice to work with. We’re very aware of the fact it’s local charities and organisations that understand their community the best, and we try to work with everyone in the way that’s right for them.
But don’t take our word for it, here’s what people have said about us.
Shona Welberry, from Business in the Community said:
“E.ON’s award winning community programmes have been based on strong partnerships. For many years they have stood out as exemplars with their community activity, and their Sustainable Cities approach has built on this and taken it to the next level.”
Action for Children, on working with us and Age UK, said:
“ Working with Age UK and E.ON has been a really positive experience, we had the ideas but didn't have the infrastructure or budget to fulfil those ideas. I've never worked in partnership with other charities until this project, it’s been invaluable in terms of cost savings and engaging people, it’s the way forward.”
Community Energy Fit Volunteer, from Coventry said:
"Since becoming a Community Energy Volunteer, “ I've been able to pass my knowledge to others and help local people reduce their fuel bills.”
And teachers commenting on our insulation challenge workshop said:
“ This made the children think about heat escaping.”
“ Children loved the hands on activity of insulating the houses.”
“ Great – couldn't do in school (ourselves) because of resources.”
“A good group work task.”