Frome Town Council are forming a new group of Energy Advice Champions to help residents in Frome reduce their energy bills and their carbon emissions and are looking for anybody interested in supporting others to become an energy champion.
The new scheme launched in partnership with Frome Medical Practice and the Centre for Sustainable Energy, is looking to support the existing Healthy Homes project, with the addition of Energy Advice Champions. Their role will be to advise residents about how they can make a real difference to their energy consumption by making small incremental changes, and in some cases by going into people’s homes to help with draft proofing, insulation and other changes.
Mayor of Frome, Cllr Sara Butler says: “If you can commit a few hours a week or month and would like to make a difference to people’s lives to reduce their energy bills and lower their carbon footprint, we would love to hear from you. You’ll be one of our friendly and supportive team providing energy advice through initiatives such as our regular drop in energy sessions or phone appointments. The team will also do home visits for those that need an additional support, whether that’s to help with setting heating controls or draught proofing but it’ll all make a real difference to people’s lives.”
The Centre for Sustainable Energy who will support the group already have volunteers in other areas such as Louisa, who said: “When I speak to people on the phone, it’s so amazing to be able to tell them their options and give them hope. I know I’ve done a good job when someone who was initially concerned, is thanking me at the end of the call and they are clearly relieved.”
They are looking for a commitment of anything from 1 to 8 days a month and you will need to be available for an informal chat on the 3rd or 4th August, but the hours of volunteering can be flexible and full training will be provided.
If you are interested or would like to attend a webinar on what’s involved or for more information, please email Resilience Officer, Jo Morris or call 01373 480391. To apply for the volunteer role please write a short letter saying why you like you think you would be good for the role by the 25th July and send to Jo via email.