Linda NEA Training and Education Officer reflects on her role

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When you start a new job, there are a few things you are looking for, with support, guidance and patience from new colleagues being top of the list – as well as somewhere to sit in the office! After joining NEA’s training team as Training and Education Officer in Newcastle upon Tyne last April, I’m… Read more »

Let them eat cake?

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This winter, working-age individuals and families on low incomes are facing a perfect storm of cuts to benefits, poor earnings growth, the roll-out of universal credit, and above-inflation rises in the cost of essential goods and services (including energy). New research released today by NEA estimates that over one million families in England alone are… Read more »

Fighting fuel poverty with energy awareness training

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As the temperature begins to drop the frustration levels are rising as people struggle to set their heating and hot water controls, cut down condensation and keep warm in a damp-free home. To tackle these problems and to help fight fuel poverty National Energy Action (NEA) run a three-day course leading to the NEA/City &… Read more »

National Energy Foundation scoops national award for improving health and housing for local residents

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Milton Keynes-based charity the National Energy Foundation and its project partners are celebrating after its project Better Housing, Better Health, operating in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, was named the national runner-up in the Energy Impact Awards, beating more than 80 competing entries. The Energy Impact Awards, run by leading fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA)… Read more »

Seeing the difference we make in action

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Macmillan Cancer Support to hear first-hand about the difference NEA training makes for real people. On a wet and windy day Chris Ellis (NEA Training and Assessment Manager) and I made the journey to Saltaire, a Victorian model village in Shipley, West Yorkshire to meet members of the team. The… Read more »

How we impacted our community with award

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Cornwall-based Community Energy Plus gained the runner-up prize of £7,500 in last year’s Energy Impact Award. The awards recognise projects focusing on energy and tackling fuel poverty, by benefiting vulnerable people. They are open to community groups, charities, and other third sector organisations, in England, Scotland and Wales. Here Laura Tregonning, Project Manager, tells us… Read more »

Winning the Energy Impact Awards

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NEA and British Gas have now launched this year’s Energy Impact Award scheme with a first prize of £10,000, and two runner-up prizes of £5,000 and £2,500 recognising and rewarding innovation and best practice. The awards recognise projects focussing on energy and tackling fuel poverty, by benefiting vulnerable people. They are open to community groups,… Read more »

Six new resources to help people stay warm and safe at home

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Improving access to quality advice is essential to help those struggling to heat their homes affordably, and here at NEA it’s one of our top priorities. To help with this we have been busy creating a number of resources in different formats that will support those advising vulnerable and low income households on staying warm… Read more »

Fuel Poverty – Why does it still exist in Britain in the 21st century?

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By Maria Wardrobe, Communications Director, National Energy Action By rights I shouldn’t be here. My job as Communications Director for national fuel poverty charity NEA should have been done by now, to be precise we should have tackled the problem of fuel poverty by 2016. But we haven’t! There are around 4 million UK households… Read more »

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