Local Food Growing Initiatives

Today we are developing local food growing initiatives in north Staffs with Status Grow and a local allotment group with ambitious plans to install polytunnels, orchard and bees and make the produce available to the wider community. 


Status Grow

Fenpark Allotments 

Energy Discussability in the West Midlands

This week we are putting together details for a series of ‘discussability’ events. 

The idea came out of recckn – where bringing people together around energy can build collective knowledge, trust and confidence to act and reduce domestic energy. 

We hope to run a series of workshops with the Dudley Winter Warmth Support Scheme and 10 fuel poor households installing external wall insulation plus Transition Stourbridge and local faith networks including using a new build passivhaus Vicarage in Kingswinford (scroll down to eco vicarages) 


We have two spare  places on our Live4Less Train the Trainers Course, taking place THIS THURSDAY in Shrewsbury which we are offering to community groups for HALF PRICE (£99 instead of £199)

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis - book now by emailing   
Live4Less is MEA's unique action learning course which helps individuals and families to live more sustainably in an 'age of austerity'. It facilitates 'crowdwisdom' and peer-to-peer learning, encouraging participants to share knowledge of local services, tips and tricks for living well for less. The course generates discussion and reflection on consumption and frugality, sharing resources and swapping skills. A brochure with more infomation is attached.

Topics covered include: budgeting, energy efficiency, utilities, food, travel and volunteering. People attending the course will be better able to manage their finances, make savings on their living costs and understand what their priority payments are. They will be able to share their knowledge of how to do this with friends, family and neighbours.
Our Train the Trainer course offers you everything you need to run the course yourself:
Led by an experienced trainer who has delivered the direct course themselves
Offers the opportunity to have a go at sections of the course for yourself
You will have electronic access to all handouts, session plans and other resources after the course

The course is ideal for anyone working with people living on a low income. It will be useful for Financial Inclusion Officers and Tenant Engagement Officers within Housing Associations, front line staff in Local Authorities, and Adult Education Trainers working with those who are struggling with their finances.
Places cost £199+VAT, or £500+VAT for three places booked by the same organisation, and include a short lunch time tour of our eco friendly offices in Shrewsbury. The venue is less than a five minute walk from Shrewsbury train station.
More information: 
Live4Less Oct 14.pdf1.99 MB

USmart Consumer: public preferences on household energy information and smart meters

Would you be willing to lend us a hand? USmart Consumer is an EU research project that explores useful services to help people reduce their fuel bills, linked with the roll out of new metering technology.
We’d like to find out your preferences about:
·         how you like to learn about your home fuel use

·         services that could help you reduce your fuel bills linked to new metering technology.

Please can you complete our short survey. By completing it and telling us what is most important to you, better services can be designed to meet your needs. Any information will only be used anonymously by the USmart Consumer project for research purposes.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Health and Housing Project Officers

Derbyshire County Council is recruiting and hosting these posts on behalf of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Authorities’ Energy Partnership (LAEP).
The LAEP is looking for highly motivated individuals to be involved in the delivery of a ‘Healthy Housing’ affordable warmth programme, commissioned and funded by Derbyshire Public Health. The programme will provide energy efficiency advice and improvements to the homes of Derbyshire residents (excluding Derby City), targeting people in fuel poverty and with long term health conditions made worse by living in cold damp homes.
Experience of involvement in domestic energy efficiency and affordable warmth projects will be valuable. Equally important will be the skill to deal sensitively with vulnerable householders in the home and a desire to improve their health and well-being.
Salary: £20,862 - £22,546 per annum
Job Term: Full Time / Part Time
Appointment Type: Fixed term contract until August 2016
Hours: 37 hours per week More details: