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Group picture at the Carers Scotland event Group picture at a Smart Energy GB and Carers Scotland event in Falkirk

SMART ENERGYGB IN COMMUNITIES

Together with our partners we are working towards a smarter and greener Great Britain. In 2019 we worked with 23 regional partners to reach people aged over 65, providing information about smart meters and addressing concerns this age group may face.

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Our partners focussed on delivering face to face activity, which has proved to be the most effective way to engage with this group. Regional partners reached people through a range of community events including a choir, bingo, flu clinics and a rural coffee caravan.

Please note: following the COVID-19 guidance issued by UK government, some face-to-face activity has been put on hold or has taken place with COVID-19 precautions in place where possible.

IN COMMUNITIES FUND

The Smart Energy GB in Communities programme recruits partners through a grant-making fund which we run in conjunction with fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA). We award grants to regional organisations across Great Britain to reach specific communities.

Previously this has included organisations in the voluntary and public sectors, such as Groundwork LondonCare & Repair Cymru and Carers Scotland.

Our in Communities programme has benefitted a variety of communities including:

  • People who are D/deaf or have hearing impairments
  • People who are aged 65+
  • Those who are on a low income

Below are some of their experiences in working with us.

CARERS SCOTLAND

Patricia Clark, Development and Training Manager
“The partnership funding enabled us to reach many carers in Scotland, face-to-face or online. We were able to give them take home resources and share digital assets in different formats - articles, leaflets, videos and stories. Smart Energy GB also helped us develop our 'smart meter' webpage and regularly sent us news stories and updates that might be relevant to our activities.”

Below is the direct impact of Carers Scotland partnership work on their carer’s network:

Catherine, 65
"I can see how much energy I have used from my monitor which is really helpful as I can monitor daily, weekly, monthly and annual usage and know if I need to increase my direct debit to cover this especially in the winter months."

Robert, 83
"The information session was helpful. Getting a smart meter means we won't need to stretch up to reach our meters anymore, which is getting harder for us to do. We can concentrate on other, more important things."

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE IN COMMUNITIES FUND

If you are interested in becoming a partner, please get in contact with us at [email protected].

Please head over to our Resource centre to download or print our free materials for your own smart meter activity.

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