FREE Energy Switching sessions for Nottinghamshire’s community groups & training for frontline staff

FREE Energy Switching sessions for Nottinghamshire’s community groups & training for frontline staff

NEP’s Healthy Housing Service receives funding from the Big Energy Saving Network to offer FREE Energy Switching sessions for Nottinghamshire’s community groups & training for frontline staff

Over the next 3 months we will be working with Nottingham City Homes in order to visit community and resident groups across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to help them find a better deal for their energy. We can also provide training for frontline staff enabling them to help the vulnerable clients they see every day. 

With the cold weather meaning you need to put the heating on more, it begs the question, why pay more than you need to for your energy?

Who is funding this project?

This follows a successful bid to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s  “Big Energy Saving Network”.  This year we have been able to obtain funding for three ‘Champions’ that will deliver simple, effective, targeted advice to vulnerable energy consumers such as the elderly, disabled people and low income families. We are also able to provide training to frontline staff who come into contact with vulnerable clients.

Our ‘Champions’ will aim to reach 300 vulnerable households and train over 120 frontline staff. With the increased level we have received this year, we are also able to offer home visits in order to help vulnerable clients review their energy tariff and switch within the comfort of their own home, as well as carrying out a full energy assessment.

Tell me more about these sessions

Our main focus is to raise awareness as to how easy it is to switch and to help people understand
their energy bill - which is a useful skill in itself.  Training for frontline staff aims to increase awareness of the services we offer and how we may be able to help vulnerable clients they come into contact with. For over 17 years we have delivered our Improving Health through Warmer Homes course to over 3,000 Nurses, GP’s, Health visitors, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Home Care Assistants, Housing and Advice Centre staff.

We will also be raising awareness of the government’s £140 Warm Home Discount and signing vulnerable residents up for Western Power Distributions Priority Services Register in order to receive priority help in the event of a power cut. We are also able to offer subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation.

Miranda Cumberbatch, NEP’s Affordable Warmth Manager said “We are pleased to have received an even higher level of funding this year so we are able to reach more vulnerable people and front line staff. With winter approaching now is the time to switch - it’s amazing how much you can save if you have never switched, or not switched in some time. The average dual fuel saving is around £230 but we have seen savings of more than £500. The tool we use is 100% impartial and is backed by Ofgem”.

We need you!

NEP welcomes community and resident groups to come forward who would benefit from this sort
of advice session; there is absolutely no obligation to switch, we are simply providing the
information to encourage individuals to take action.

Get involved

If you attend or manage a community group within Nottingham or Nottinghamshire and are interested
in us coming along to one of your regular meet ups we would love to hear from you, please call the Healthy Housing Service on 0115 985 3009.

Is there a time limit on when I can book?

All that we ask is that the session takes place between 10th November and 28th March - please also allow one hour for the session.  Unfortunately we do not work Saturdays, but we are happy to deliver any weekday or weekday evening.