Live4Less – Going the Distance

Marches Energy Agency is creating and trialling a distance learning version of its popular Train the Trainers action budgeting course – Live4Less – after receiving funding from Awards4All. 
Originally created with funding from the National Institute for Adult Education, Live4Less is a modular course designed to help individuals and families on a low income to live well, live sustainably and make a positive contribution to their community in a time of austerity. Uniquely, the course facilitates ‘crowdwisdom’ and encourages participants to share knowledge of local services, tips and tricks for living well for less. It generates discussion and reflection on consumption and frugality, sharing resources and swapping skills.
We have delivered the Train the Trainers course to dozens of frontline workers who have gone on to deliver it to hundreds of people living on low incomes. Some attendees have gone on to save hundreds of pounds on their annual household bills.
The distance learning course will offer a flexible version of the Train the Trainers course which people can study at their own pace. It will be available in spring 2015.
For more information contact Caroline Harmon:

Live4Less Train the Trainers Course - October 2014

Places are available on MEA's next Live4Less Train the Trainers Course, taking place on 2nd October in Shrewsbury.

Book now by contacting Caroline Harmon@ 07748 508704 / 

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 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.

Book now by contacting Caroline Harmon@ 07748 508704 / 

More information: 

Bakewell Green Festival

Bakewell Green Festival
Sat 19th July, 10am-6pm
Bakewell Agriculture Business Centre
A celebration of sustainable living in the Peak District. A fun, family-orientated event with food, music and inspiration and ideas for living a greener life. The festival will bring together individuals, enthusiasts, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges and business people from across the Peak District to share the vision of a sustainable future with each other and with our many visitors.
Applications are now closed for the official Festival programme but there is still space for those who would like to take 10 minutes to tell everyone about their local sustainable work, and there is room to book a limited number of informal stalls selling local garden plants and produce and other items. To enquire about booking one of these spaces contact 01629 636550.

Eco Open Homes

Eco Open Homes events a great success. 325 people attended the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Eco Open Home Week and Transition West Bridgford Open Homes in May – three times as many as attended our pilot event last year. Many thanks to all the householders who took the time to open their home to the public.

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Eco Open Homes Weeks 2014

eco home logo
10th-18th May
Various locations, see everybodys-talking website
Organised by Marches Energy Agency
We’d like to invite you to visit homes across the two counties whose owners have made them more energy efficient, cheaper to heat and better for the environment. Almost 20 homes across two counties are opening their doors this year to inspire others to improve their own homes.

Visitors will be able talk to householders who have slashed their energy bills and cut their carbon footprint to find out how they did it. Technologies on display will include both the low-tech and inexpensive such as LED lightbulbs, thermally-lined curtains and DIY draught-proofing; and the high-tech such as solid wall insulation, solar panels, triple glazing, rainwater harvesting, hydro power and groundsource heat pumps.

Some of the homes are new and have been purpose built as eco homes, others are older and have been retrofit. One is in a conservation area and several householders have sought to improve their homes whilst maintaining original features of the building. Some homes are mid-refurbishment meaning you will be able to see things that will be hidden once work is complete.

Caroline Harmon of Marches Energy Agency, said:
‘We’re lucky to have lots of energy efficient, eco homes in the area. This is a great opportunity to see inside some of them and chat to the people who live in them about the difference it has made to their lives. You’re bound to come away with ideas you can apply to your own home, whatever your budget.’

Homes, and their opening times, are listed on everybodys-talking website
You can also find out more about some of the homes opening in West Bridgford here