Barking and Dagenham

NEA and British Gas are working in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Borough Council. The partnership will seek to establish an integral Affordable Warmth Strategy and deliver practical activities to help individuals heat their homes affordably. The Affordable Warmth Strategy will provide a comprehensive, planned approach to the alleviation of fuel poverty and the provision of affordable warmth to individuals in Barking and Dagenham.

A consultation workshop was held on the 29th September 2014 at the Barking Town Hall, the event was well attended and a wealth of expertise was available to feed into the action plan. Over the course of the next few months the overall strategy document will be collated and published in 2015.

In Barking and Dagenham 47% of private rented properties fall below Decent Homes Standards and 22.3% of households are considered hazardous- The Borough Council are keen to tackle this problem and ensure all households are provided with affordable warmth – the Strategy and practical activities delivered through the Community Action Partnership will seek to enhance capacity, establish referral networks, and provide practical help and support too hard to reach client groups, and private sector occupants to make sustainable improvements to their homes and reduce their bills

Barking and Dagenham

Left to right: Kelly Greer, British Gas; Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council; Rebecca Jones, Project Development Coordinator, NEA


Community groups benefit from free training in Barking and Dagenham

Community groups across Barking and Dagenham have been taking advantage of free energy training as part of CAP to help residents in the borough to become more energy efficient and to reduce the cost of their energy bills.

The training courses range from one to three days and include modules in energy awareness and fuel debt. Participants will be trained to help others to take control of their energy usage and reduce their fuel bills. Once qualified, the community groups will be encouraged to pass on their new knowledge to help their beneficiaries to save money on their fuel bills and stay warm in their homes.

National Energy Action (NEA) is pleased to be able to offer the following on a first come first served basis;

  • Fuel Debt Advice in the Community – Level 2 Award (6281-16)
    23 June 2015 (time and venue tbc) – one place per organisationThis course is an ideal introduction for advice workers involved with clients who are in fuel debt or for the more experienced advisor as an update. It covers the main issues, raises awareness and aims to give participants a clearer understanding of the pathways involved in resolving fuel debt.
  • Energy Awareness – Level 3 Award (6281-01) (three day course)
    Course – 14, 15, 16 July 2015 (time and venue tbc) – one place per organisation
    Exams – 23 & 24 July 2015This three-day course leading to the NEA/City & Guilds 6281-01 Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness has been running for over 25 years reaching more than 25,000 people. This remains NEA’s most popular course for energy efficiency advisors.NEA’s energy awareness course will enable participants to advise clients on a range of issues including:
    • The efficiency and appropriate use of heating and hot water systems, and the functions of the controls
    • Interpret domestic fuel cost data using reference materials
    • Advise clients on how to record gas and electricity consumption and work out costs
    • Inform clients of ways of paying for gas and electricity
    • Identify the potential to improve energy efficiency in a range of dwellings
    • Explain Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation
    • Advise clients on how to avoid condensation and how to take remedial action where condensation dampness exists

Additionally we are able to offer several free shorter fuel poverty workshop/awareness sessions for organisations whose staff and/or volunteers have contact with people who need advice and guidance on; managing their energy, keeping warm, raising their income, saving money on their fuel, dealing with their fuel bills and keeping healthy.

If your organisation is quite small, don’t worry, we can always run a combined awareness session for a couple of groups and we can be flexible around the length if you would like to fit it in around a staff meeting or similar.

Please contact me, Rebecca.jones@nea.org.uk 01273 964229/ 07738 417448 for further information, to book a training place or organise a session for your organisation.

Rebecca Jones from National Energy Action will be presenting these free workshops as part of a partnership project with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and British Gas. National Energy Action (NEA) is a national charity at the forefront of the campaign on fuel poverty www.nea.org.uk.

Published on 13-07-2015
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