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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: https://jobs.derbyshire.gov.uk/jobdetails.asp?jobid=43083

Free home insulation returns to Tamworth

Tamworth residents are being offered the chance to get their lofts and cavity walls insulated – completely free of charge.

Whether you’re a homeowner or renting your property from a private landlord, if you live in the Tamworth Borough Council area, then you are eligible for free loft and cavity wall insulation. 

The offer is open to owner-occupiers and private rented tenants, regardless of age or income. The only stipulation is that you have to have a free no obligation property survey carried out. Unfortunately, the offer is not available to tenants of Tamworth Borough Council properties.

The free insulation measures – which can help residents stay warmer at home in the winter and cooler in the summer, while keeping fuel bills down – are being made available through Tamworth Borough Council’s Home Energy Advice Tamworth (HEAT) scheme.

HEAT has teamed up with experienced installer Insuheat Ltd to deliver the free loft and cavity wall insulation, which is funded through the Government-backed Energy Company Obligation scheme.

Anyone living in Tamworth who would like free loft and cavity wall insulation should call HEAT on 0800 043 2815 or text 07922 651982 for a call-back. The offer is time limited and work must be booked with the insulation contractor by December 31, although the work can be carried out after this date.

The offer is open to owner-occupiers and private tenants, in properties which do not already have existing insulation. There is no need to be in receipt of benefits.

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HEAT can also offer help and advice on all aspects of energy efficiency and other grant funding which may be available to help with heating costs.

A similar scheme launched in June 2011 saw hundreds of householders across the borough get their homes insulated for free.

Loft insulation could save a household £150 a year on fuel bills, and the installation of cavity wall insulation could save £145.

Tamworth Borough Council Leader, Cllr Daniel Cook, said: “This is a great offer which will benefit thousands of households in Tamworth. Installing energy efficiency measures is an effective way of reducing heating bills, as well as being good for the environment.

“I would encourage all residents – whether they own their own homes or rent them from private landlords - to take advantage of this offer and have insulation fitted before the scheme comes to an end. Fuel bills will be reduced and you’ll be doing your bit to help reduce carbon emissions as well, which is good for the environment.”

Volunteer energy advisers needed

We run a number of affordable warmth advice lines to help householders stay warm, reduce carbon emissions and save money.
With winter just around the corner, we are expecting the lines to get busier and are looking to recruit more volunteers to help us out.
If you have an interest in energy efficiency or fuel poverty, like talking to people over the telephone and can record details accurately, then we'd love to hear from you.
We offer full training, travel expenses, a pleasant working environment, team support and endless tea and coffee! 
Call or email for more information.

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: caroline.harmon@mea.org.uk

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 / caroline.harmon@mea.org.uk 

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 / caroline.harmon@mea.org.uk 

More information: www.mea.org.uk/live4less