“The SEED course was very helpful. It gave me the information I needed to change energy suppliers which saved me £30 a month. I learned lots of little tips on energy saving that i can share with my friends.”
The SEED project was funded by Leeds Community Foundation and the Community Partnering Fund and involved the delivery of energy efficiency advice workshops to residents within the local community of East Durham. The project was aimed at supporting local residents on low incomes and at risk of being in fuel poverty. The aim of the project was to get individuals better informed and as a result tackle high rates of fuel poverty in the area.
Each workshop lasted 2 hours and covered a range of topics including; - Understanding your rights as a customer - Reading and understanding your bills - Taking meter readings accurately - Comparing tariffs and changing to different energy suppliers - General advice and handy tips on how to save on the energy used in the house. All learners received a buffet lunch and a goodies pack as part of the session.
In total 30 workshops have been delivered to 240 unique local residents throughout East Durham. 98% of attendees said they felt better informed about how to save money on energy bills. All attendees were encouraged to make changes in their home after the workshop, and 80% of attendees reported that the workshop has made them want to make energy efficient changes in their homes.
East Durham Trust Community House Yoden Road Peterlee SR8 5DP T: 0191 5693511
WHAT WE DO
We help the communities of the former district of Easington which is made up 20 distinct areas, most of which are former Pit villages that continue to be hugely affected by deprivation following the closure of the Pits. We run a wide range of projects to help the community fight disadvantage including food parcels, telephone befriending for the socially isolated, helping people in the downward spiral of debt, supporting people to get the benefits they deserve, providing holiday activities with food, getting the disengaged engaged with the arts and more.