Become a community energy advisor

CSE funded to train volunteers to help tackle fuel poverty

3 July 2012

This project has been very successful at recruiting volunteers and there are no more places available until at least July 2013. This page will be updated in due course.

Aged over 50? Living in the Bristol area (including the unitary authorities of Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)?

Want to make a difference in your local community? Then get in touch.

CSE is looking to recruit volunteer community energy advisors to help older people at risk of – or already suffering from – fuel poverty.

We’re specifically looking for people aged 50 or more who are keen to learn about energy and willing to reach out into their community to share their knowledge.

Full training and support will be offered to volunteers. This will include an Energy Awareness course lasting a couple of hours and covering a range of subjects such as heating systems and boilers, insulation, condensation and dampness, glazing and draught-proofing, dealing with fuel debt, fuel tariffs, saving energy and grants.

Further training will be offered as appropriate. Volunteers will ‘shadow’ CSE advisors on home visits and at events, and be able to build on their newly acquired knowledge and skills. Other roles available include office administration and marketing.

Helen Grimshaw is coordinating the volunteers. “For most volunteers, this is a commitment of a few hours a week, but this can make a huge difference to vulnerable people in the community.”

Sessions for potential volunteers are scheduled, covering three of the four areas in which the project is operating:

  • Tue 17 July, 11.00 to 13.00 | CSE's offices in Bristol [This session is now fully booked]
  • Fri 20 July, 13.00 to 16.30 | Weston Room, Badger Centre, Weston-super-Mare    
  • Thu 26 July,  10.30 to 13.30 | Central Library, Bath

We hope to fix a session in South Gloucestershire in due course.

If you with to attend one of these sessions call Helen on 0117 934 1448 or email

You can read more about the volunteer programme here.

If you’re from a local community group already working on energy issues in your area and would like to know how this project can help, please get in touch.

Funding for this programme comes from the Big Lottery Fund and will run over a 3-year period.

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