8 February: Free workshop for Community Energy Champions

First workshop as part of the Energage Project: 

We are delighted to let you know that we are holding a first workshop as part of the Energage project, which aims to bring together local people interested in becoming community-based Energy Champions and who want to assist their local communities with energy-related issues. The workshop will feature a session with Richard Vale from The National Energy Foundation!

Topic: Basic Concepts related to climate change and reducing carbon footprint

Date: Wednesday 8th February: 5-7pm

Location: Community Action: MK office – 351 Midsummer Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP. Directions here.

Booking: via Eventbrite: www.energage1.eventbrite.co.uk


The workshop is open to anyone who would like to gain knowledge, skills and resources needed to assist members of their communities with energy related issues. No prior knowledge is needed. The workshops will be based on a co-design model, which means that we are keen for the attendees to share their experiences and tell us about their needs – they will be interactive!

The Champions will be introduced to CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy, a new tool being developed for communities in Milton Keynes.

The workshop will include:

  • Networking (getting to know each other) & Refreshments
  • Introduction to the Energage Project and the format of this and the future workshops
  • Session with The National Energy Foundation – basic concepts of climate change and reducing carbon footprint, and how The National Energy Foundation engages with audiences on these issues.
  • Group exercise
  • Feedback and evaluation

Yummy refreshments will be provided!

If you have any questions about this workshop or about the Energage project, please contact Anna at: anna@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661 623.

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We look forward to seeing you there.

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New Home Energy Assessment Scheme for households Milton Keynes

My Home Energy Planner 

 

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It’s often difficult to get hold of trusted and tailored advice when improving the energy efficiency of your home. The National Energy Foundation, a local charity based in Knowlhill, is working with Carbon Co-op to offer innovative My Home Energy Planner surveys to householders in Milton Keynes.

The surveys are carried out by professional energy specialists and provide accurate, comprehensive and usable information on the current and potential energy performance of your home. My Home Energy Planner provides a tailored action plan for the installation of various energy efficiency improvements, together with a selection of costed options that can be adapted to your personal needs and priorities.

To find out more, register your interest and enter a prize draw to win a wireless energy monitor, please call 01908 354547 or visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MHEP10.

 

 

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{SAVE THE DATE}: MK Community Energy Conference 2017 – 25 February 2017

Milton Keynes energy and sustainability: the past, present and future!

Reserve your FREE space today through The Chrysalis Theatre box office – click here.

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25 January: CAPE website testing session – can you help?

Date and time: Wednesday 25th January: 4-6PM

Location: Tech Mahindra Office – 401 Grafton Gate, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1AT.


Can you get involved in CAPE community field trial?

We would like to invite you to a testing session for the website that we have been developing as part of the CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project. CAPE website is a new and exciting collaboration platform that will be available free of charge to residents, groups and businesses in Milton Keynes, providing them with access to useful data about their local areas and letting them collaborate through projects.

The CAPE website has now got to a stage, where we are eager to showcase it and ask for feedback from community members on how it should continue to develop before it is launched. It is really vital to us, CAPE Team, to get your feedback about it.

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A preview of CAPE website landing page

Please come along to our Feedback – Testing Session on Wednesday 25th January at 4pm-6pm at the Tech Mahindra Office – 401 Grafton Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1AT.

It will be a very informal session over a cup of tea and some delicious Indian snacks provided by our partner, Tech Mahindra. We will show you the CAPE website, let you explore it and ask you to tell us what you think about it. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or use one of the computers provided – whatever works best for you.

 We are also happy to reimburse your parking costs.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna at Community Action: MK at anna@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661 623.

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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the 25th!

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Energage – training Community Energy Champions

Creating a network of Community Energy Champions network in Milton Keynes

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Open University to deliver a pilot project in Milton Keynes that will focus on recruiting and training community members to become volunteer Energy Champions in their neighbourhoods and communities.

The project has been made possible thanks to the funding from the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their recent funding call on ‘Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science’. The Energage project is one of 18 across the UK – click here to find out more about this funding initiative.

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The initiative is the result of successful collaboration and partnership-working between Community Action: MK and the Open University through the MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy, projects. It is also linked to the work of other local organisations in Milton Keynes that promote the concept of community-owned and sustainable energy. These include Transition MK, Wolverton Community Energy (through Citizens:mk) and others involved in MK Community Energy Alliance and other organisations who already provide energy training such as The National Energy Foundation and Citizens Advice Milton Keynes.

There is already a number of local volunteers who champion sustainable energy and environmental awareness in Milton Keynes, and we want to learn from their experiences. Further, we want to attract new people – anyone with an interest in energy and sustainability, and ways of helping their own communities be more sustainable is welcomed to get involved in the project, and is asked to please get in contact with Community Action: MK.

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Carbon Conversations event run by Transition MK in 2015. Photo credit: Transition MK

The Energage project will develop a network of Community Energy Champions (COMECs) in Milton Keynes. One important part of the COMECs’ role will be to translate energy-based research from the Open University to the general public in a way that will help them find solutions that work to reduce their own carbon footprint. In return Open University researchers will learn better ways to engage the public with their research. This exchange of knowledge will occur through a series of co-creation workshops, facilitated by Community Action: MK.

Another important part of their role will be to grow the network through recruitment of new volunteers. Initial workshops will be followed by a ‘week of action’ in which COMECs will engage with the public. They will share their experiences amongst the community engagement specialists and Open University researchers. This pilot scheme is intended to be the start of longer term engagement between Open University energy researchers and the public.

Energage hope to build upon activities of the existing CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project at the Open University and lots of other energy-related initiatives across the city. The CAPE project aims to help reduce the carbon footprint of Milton Keynes by engaging the public with relevant data; it will also be linking homeowners identified as a good fit for energy saving measures (e.g. solar panels, loft insulation) with companies that can provide products, or to grant providers, such as the MK Council.

GET INVOLVED

We will be actively promoting the project in the next few weeks and updating you about its further plans. If you are interested in getting involved, please click here to register your interest or contact Anna at Community Action: MK on:

anna@communityactionmk.org

01908 661 623/ 07710 967131

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19th January: Special Screening of ‘The Divide’

+ Q&A with Director Katharine Round

A special screening of the  film that explores the growing divide between rich & poor.

Thursday 19th January 2017

6.30pm ( screening at 7pm)

Stantonbury Theatre, MK14 6BN

Buy your tickets now from Stantonbury Box Office – here.

(special reduced price for students, children and concessions)

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the night.

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We look forward to seeing you there.

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