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Book now for community Energy Champion training

Publish Date: 15 November 2023

People wanting to train as voluntary community Energy Champions across Wealden can book on a training session taking place in Hailsham.

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Sussex-based community benefit society Energise Sussex Coast and Wealden District Council are on the lookout for volunteers to undertake free training.

There has already been one training session – in Crowborough – and bookings are now being taken for a session on Thursday 23 November from 10am-4pm at Hailsham Civic Community Hall.

Energy Champions are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable local people who are passionate about making a difference to the environment as well as the wellbeing of their local community.

As Energy Champions, volunteers will receive free training and ongoing in person support to give energy advice to local people and help them to bring down their energy bills, stay warm and save energy.

Training can also be provided so that Energy Champions can also set up Community Energy projects such as thermal imaging, draught busting, solar streets, hosting energy workshops and more.

Energy Champions will receive ongoing training and support from Energise Sussex Coast to enable them to give energy advice and organise events/ activities around energy saving and renewable energy. Energy Champions volunteer from four hours a month.

No prior experience is needed and while the training is free, people do need to book in advance.

Bookings can be made at Energy Champion training – Hailsham

Councillor Paul Coleshill, Alliance for Wealden (Liberal Democrat) and lead councillor for Climate Change and Economy said, “This really is a fantastic opportunity for people from all walks of life to train as Energy Champions and make a difference to the environment as well as the welfare of their local community.

“The role is very rewarding as it’s a chance to genuinely help people in a very tangible way. Energy champions not only address the cost of living crisis by helping to bring down energy costs, they do something about climate change by bringing down carbon emissions too.”

The Wealden Energy Champion project is funded by the National Lottery Reaching Communities fund.