Energy Literacy: Community Engagement

Energy Literacy Training to combat Fuel Poverty – based on NICE Guidance

To help make every contact count, we know it’s essential that frontline staff who have daily contact with vulnerable people understand the impact of fuel poverty on their clients. The impact of cold housing and fuel poverty on health not only puts an estimated £850 million strain on the NHS, but also contribute significantly to the number of excess winter deaths.

Having a knowledge of fuel poverty and the impact of cold homes is important whether you’re a health or social care professional, a housing practitioner, practice nurse, GP or even a heating engineer coming into contact with vulnerable clients. It is essential that you are trained to recognise fuel poverty and the impact of cold homes on health in order to provide appropriate information, advice and referral to suitable services.

Our Energy Literacy Training course provides a comprehensive understanding of the health risks associated with cold homes. In addition, we will train you on how to identify high risk clients and equip you with suitable responses to improve their wellbeing.

Our training will include:

  • Definition, identification and key determinants of fuel poverty
  • Poor housing conditions leading to damp housing
  • Health and well-being – the impacts of living in Cold Homes and excess winter deaths
  • How to identify who isat risk of ill health from living in cold housing
  • Assessment of the heating needs of those using primary health and home care services
  • Addressing the issue – referral for further help and support

This comprehensive training service will better equip you to improve the wellbeing and life of a vulnerable individual.

3 hour course

Big Energy Saving Network

Big Energy Saving Network, an initiative from the Department of Energy and Climate Change – we offer a limited amount of free basic home energy training courses for frontline staff.

If you are interested in this service, please contact Philip Hartley at or 0121 607 1798.