Scarf is an accomplished and value-driven social enterprise with the goal of eradicating fuel poverty, reducing inequality and improving lives. The Energy Champions programme, set up in August of 2017, was designed to try to counteract the problems caused by fuel poverty and unemployment. The benefits of the programme are two-fold. The Energy Champions are given the technical and behavioural skills required to deliver peer to peer energy efficiency advice to their families, neighbours and peer groups leaving a legacy of good energy behaviour in their communities. As well as this, the participants complete the programme with certified courses in energy efficiency and personal development and benefit from mentoring, on the job experience and support to move back into employment.
We have so far managed to reach a wide variety of communities across Aberdeenshire spanning from Inverurie all the way to Banff and most recently Huntly where the champions have advised and helped an abundance of households suffering from different issues related to fuel poverty. The Energy Champions have set up community hubs and information sessions over the past year, which has enabled them to integrate with their communities and reach more people in need of support, many of whom have been referred on to receive further support from other services available at Scarf and from other organisations working in Aberdeenshire.
The Energy Champions project will continue to provide opportunities for people and households throughout Aberdeenshire for the first part of 2019 and we look forward to continuing to build partnerships with other organisations working at community level throughout the shire.
For more information or to register interest for the next programme which will take place in Alford starting on the 27th February 2019, please visit www.scarf.org.uk/energychampions or firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.