Energy-saving community groups offered free training

Community groups wanting help on projects to make their area more energy-efficient have a chance to get professional training free of charge.

Community groups wanting help on projects to make their area more energy-efficient have a chance to get professional training free of charge.

 

The Green Communities initiative, part of the Energy Saving Trust, is offering bespoke training, tailored to suit the individual needs of any particular group.

Green Communities already organises training events on specific themes, such as how to run an energy audit or how to find funding, every few months at major UK cities.

 

But individual courses can combine aspects of different set training programmes, allowing a group to have all its questions answered in one day, and at a convenient location.

 

It might cover the basics of energy efficiency; ideas to get support or keep momentum for existing projects; dealing with planning issues or listed building requirements; or how to draw up a development plan to woo funders.

Louise Rutterford, a community energy advisor at Green Communities, said anyone from local councils to charities could benefit.

 

She said: "Anyone who has a finger in the community pie might want to come to one of the these training courses to find out who is doing what in their area, who are the people to contact and to learn about the nitty gritty of running a community energy project."

 

The training is available for projects at any stage of development, whether they are nearly completed or still just ideas. Parish councils, residents' associations, schools and environmental groups have had help from Green Communities for tasks such as reducing carbon emissions or introducing ground source heat pumps or solar panels.

 

There is no time limit for applications, and Green Communities provides the trainer, learning materials and £150 towards food and drink costs. In return, the community groups must find a venue and at least eight delegates. There is maximum limit of 24 people per course.

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