Plymouth Energy Community’s PEC Pals

Posted on July 12, 2018

Plymouth Energy Community’s PEC Pals is a way for local people to support the work that Plymouth Energy Community do by getting more involved.

Are you interested in social or environmental justice and improving the quality of life of residents in the city? Do you want to improve your skills or help grow confidence in energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions?

Then please join us. In the last 5 years, our services to tackle energy issues and cold homes have grown significantly. We’ve helped over 12,000 households and have installed 33 community-owned solar arrays. But we want to do so much more.

What does being a PEC Pal involve?

As a PEC Pal, you’ll develop skills to further your contribution to the local community. We will offer you a free, flexible training programme and on-going support to assist you to make, then deliver a pledge.

Your pledge

Your pledge of support can be a little or a lot. From taking up curtains for a new ‘curtains to cold’ project to giving time to take photos, talk to people in your neighbourhood or hold fundraising events at your organisation. You don’t need to come along with a pledge or relevant skills or experience in mind. We’ll help you find what’s right for you. We’ll also be in touch regularly to see how things are going and to offer support.

To take part, we ask that you attend all three core training sessions:

Friday 28 September 2018 9:30 – 13:00 Session 1: Welcome to PEC and pledge workshop (Copthorne Hotel, Buckland Suite)

You’ll be made to feel part of the PEC family, meeting staff and like-minded people to explore our work and the city’s challenges. You’ll discover where we came from and why we exist. We’ll help you to come up with a simple, achievable pledge, one that interests you and is aligned with our aims to make things better.

Friday 12 October 2018 9:30 – 13:00 Session 2: An energy efficient home and fuel poverty awareness (Copthorne Hotel, Buckland Suite)

We’ll equip you with knowledge about energy efficiency and fuel poverty. We’ll look at the scale of the problem, practical ways to reduce energy bills and cover some of the key advice that Plymouth residents need to hear.

Friday 26 October 2018 9:30 – 13:00 Session 3: Community awareness, equality and diversity (Ballard House, West Hoe Road)

We’ll give you the skills to understand and work within your community, covering community awareness and equality and diversity.

We’ll provide support through training, materials or simply by being alongside you. We’ll catch up with you regularly to see how things are going and there will be a celebration event in early 2019.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Further training sessions will be announced throughout the year.

Register your interest

If you would like further details or to register your interest as a PEC Pal, please call us on 01752 477177 and ask for Justin, Clare or Jemma or email

A PEC Pal can be an existing member, a frontline worker, a community leader, a corporate business representative, a time-banker, a teacher, a student, a PEC service user, a retiree; anyone who shares our aims!