Community Action Partnership website
The Community Action Partnership website resource – come and visit us!
One year ago NEA launched the Community Action on Fuel Poverty resource – www.fuelpovertyresource.org.uk supported by British Gas.
The website provides insight into the Community Action Partnership programme and offers practical guidance and resources that are free to download to assist stakeholders to plan, develop and deliver their own community fuel poverty activities. Community Action on Fuel Poverty has been developed with local organisations in mind and has a “Quickstart Toolkit” to guide those who are new to fuel poverty towards relevant information and resources and also a series of handy themed “Starter Kits” which bundle together resources so users do not have to search for them. It also has a “Warming Up Britain” interactive map where users can select case studies from around the UK to get ideas of what can be done with or without a budget and which of the website resources and downloads were used.
The website features topical monthly “Focus on” themes relevant to anyone involved in fuel poverty. The resource will continue to develop and will enable practitioners to share their resources, experiences and best practice via the website. It targets community-level groups that would not necessarily consider fuel poverty action as part of their core activity but who come into contact with vulnerable and low-income householders in their line of work.
As well as the practical resources outlined above, Community Action on Fuel Poverty also provides an overview of what fuel poverty is, how it affects people and what you can do to help. It gives facts and statistics to help you understand the impact that fuel poverty has on a large part of the UK population. Apart from the knowledge hub and resource centre functionality, the website helps you understand what you can do to help and provides an interactive platform for you to share local initiatives and find out what goes on in your area to combat fuel poverty and assist vulnerable residents.
The Community Action on Fuel Poverty resource came from the Community Action Partnership (CAP) which was a two-year programme of facilitated practical activities, funded and supported by British Gas and delivered by NEA in eight communities – seven in England and one in Wales. The aim was to agree a bespoke local action plan and then deliver activities to enhance the achievement of affordable warmth and energy capability. CAP worked with 29 local authorities to engage 9,639 householders through activities such as community events, energy agents and tailored literature and 209 partners were directly involved in the programme delivery.
If you want to get involved and contribute a blog post telling us about your own activities or share your experiences, contact Lorraine Donaldson at Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org or Nina Dunlavy at email@example.comPublished on 16-11-2017