40 Years of Action for Warm Homes

2021 marks 40 years since NEA – then Neighbourhood Energy Action – was first established as a development project of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Since then, we’ve grown from a small group of people helping those in North East England keep warm at home, to the national charity working to end fuel poverty across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Through our advice delivery, training, advocacy and research we’ve helped bring affordable warmth to millions of households, and ensured that fuel poverty is now firmly on the policy agenda.

We didn’t do this alone. Our members and supporters have always been at the heart of what we do, and we want to thank you all for your commitment and passion.

NEA’s Story

To learn more about our story and the history of fuel poverty policy and action you can view our timeline here.


We will be running a series of events throughout the year, including our Warm Homes Week digital festival which will take place between 26 September and 1 October 2021. If you are interested in contributing to the agenda please email: conference@nea.org.uk

Some events will be available only to NEA members. For more details and to take advantage of our new free standard membership offer visit our website.

Share your story

We have an amazing archive of images and other materials that we will be sharing on our social media channels, however we also know there will be much more out there. It would be fantastic if you were able to share any photographs, memories, reflections or even just kind words about the difference we’ve made. Please get in touch with Michael Potter if there is anything you are able to share. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Show your support

We’ve also created a special logo which you can use in your own material to demonstrate support. This can be downloaded here.

Take our 40 for 40 Challenge

Although we’ve achieved a lot there is still much more to do! Join NEA staff and take on your own 40-themed challenge to help raise funds for NEA. All funds raised will go towards ensuring NEA can continue to lift people out of fuel poverty and work towards sustaining long-term change. Learn more here or watch our video.

From the Archive

Neighbourhood Energy Action’s 1991 video, Fighting the Cold