Celebrating inclusivity at NEA Conference
For the second year in a row, NEA was proud to offer ‘celebrating inclusivity’ awards to our annual conference. This allowed for the inclusion of organisations who may have otherwise been unable to attend so that we could learn about the great work they were doing to tackle fuel poverty on behalf of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
Jodie Bradley and Vicky Farnsworth from Speak Up Self Advocacy showcased the ‘Being Warm Being Happy’ project. The project provided advice on energy efficiency and budgeting to people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, physical disabilities and autism. This was delivered through a range of methods including an energy saving leaflet and energy saving top tips. It was important for Speak Up to ensure that all of their resources were accessible for all of their clients ensuring that all their materials were easy to read and video content produced. In addition to the great content that was produced, Speak Up arranged for 12 expert trainers with learning disabilities have become energy champions and have gone out and about checking that grants for energy efficiencies have been applied for, to keep people out of energy poverty and offering advice and explaining how to save energy by such things as insulation, switching things off and recycling.
Liverpool Community Advice
Another award was provided to Liverpool Community Advice. The advice agency has recently reviewed their energy advice service for those with sensory impairments ensuring that there is provision for deaf/Deaf clients to be supported by BSL interpreter. Other provisions for clients include but is not limited to Large print, Braille, audio CDs, BSL DVDs, and a talking newsletter. LCA has also done great work this year targeting unpaid carers to support them with energy advice for themselves and the people that they care for.
The Footprint Trust
Our next award went to Ray Harrington-Vail to The Footprint Trust which is part of the health and social care network on the Isle of Wight, ‘IsleHelp’. Ray has supported their ‘Monergy’ training workshops and one to one home visiting service which is tailored to the needs of the individual resident. Just one example of how the Footprint Trust has demonstrated inclusivity is the development of large-print Energy Action Plans for those with visual impairments.
Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice
Finally, a ‘celebrating inclusivity’ award went to Gill Gherman from Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice who was part of the Potteries Moneywise project. The project provides informal, interactive and engaging sessions for young people moving into independent accommodation for the first time. The project developed training resources and techniques which are clear, straightforward and interactive to overcome barriers such as limited attention span, previous bad experiences with education and/or authority figures. Potteries Moneywise also ensures a provision of interpreter services for those with English as a second language, including young refugees.
If you or somebody from your organisation would like to know more about our celebrating inclusivity awards, please get in touch.