Launch of community energy peer mentoring programme

Next Generation embraces shared learning through structured peer to peer support

20 January 2021

CSE, Power to Change and Cooperatives UK are delighted to launch a new branch of Next Generation, focussed on peer mentoring by community energy experts.

The Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme aims to harness the skills, enthusiasm and expertise of the community energy sector. Funded by Power to Change, the programme will encourage shared learning of the Next Generation initiative in order to replicate business models and support sustainable, viable and innovative community businesses focused on environmental innovation.

Keith Hempshall, Centre for Sustainable Energy, says: “We are excited by the opportunity that the mentoring programme represents, and look forward to welcoming our first group of mentors very soon."

In the first phase of the programme we’re recruiting up to ten passionate and enthusiastic people to share their knowledge and experience with a small group of less-experienced (but equally enthusiastic) community energy groups.

The role of the mentors will be to help the community energy groups you are mentoring identify and understand the wider opportunities and challenges of the community energy sector and to help make their projects successful and replicable, and avoid reinventing the wheel.

We will fund up to 4 days of peer mentoring support at £350+VAT per day.

To be one of our ten peer mentors you will be based in England and:

  • From an established community energy group which has developed one or more innovative projects.
  • An individual, sole trader or consultant with specific community energy technology expertise.
  • From another organisation such as a local authority or parish council with expertise in the community energy sector.

There will be up to four mentees to each mentor. Mentoring will be around the topics identified in a match-making process that will take place as part of the recruitment process.

Will Walker, Programme Manager in charge of energy at Power to Change said: “We are excited to be able to share the learning Next Generation through structured peer to peer support. This will allow us to develop new innovative community energy projects more quickly and avoid reinventing the wheel.”

Applications for mentoring organisations open on 20 January and close on 15 February 2021.

Community energy groups developing innovative projects will be able to apply to receive peer mentoring support in late February.

Application details for mentors to apply can be found here: www.next-generation.org.uk/peer-mentoring

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