June goes the extra mile to be recognised

Award for CSE volunteer for 15 years tackling fuel poverty

10 February 2012

After more than 15 years of volunteering on advice projects at CSE, June Bailey has finally been given national recognition for her contribution after she picked up one of National Energy Action’s Heat Heroes Award at the House of Commons this week.

Sponsored by ScottishPower, the national award recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to helping people living in fuel poverty in their local community, either at work or in volunteer activities outside the workplace and help mark this year’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

“June's commitment and support has been invaluable since she started volunteering with CSE about 15 years ago, and has become a valued member of the team,” explained CSE’s Liz Dagger, who nominated June for the award. “Her work began initially on CSE’s OPEN project – The Older Persons’ Energy Network. She supported our work by helping us give talks, carrying out home visits and staffing advice stands in North Somerset, where the project ran.”

“Since then, she’s assisted with outreach on various projects stretching across the whole of the Somerset and former Avon area. Benefiting from Warmth, Warming Mendip, North Somerset Warm Families and Warmer Improved Somerset Homes (WISH) have all received support from June.”

June’s latest role at CSE will be going back to where it all began – as she will be helping out on a newer version of the OPEN project supporting older people in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

"For the last five years June has come into the office for five hours a week and made a significant contribution. She’s deeply committed to helping people cut their fuel bills."

Also at the event on Wednesday 8 February were MPs Don Foster (Bath) and Dawn Primarolo (Bristol South), many of whose constituents have been helped by June and the CSE projects she works for.

The award scheme was open to representatives from not-for-profit organisations including local authorities, health and social care agencies, voluntary and statutory agencies and community groups who had made a significant contribution to helping people living in fuel poverty in their local community.

Photo: National Energy Action

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