Facing a worsening energy crisis, in the winter of 2022 WWCE launched a new project that set out to support households in Wiltshire struggling with spiralling costs.

Devised by our carbon reduction champion, in its first year the ‘Keeping Warm This Winter’ scheme helped over 360 local people during 16 pop up energy advice cafes. The project was so successful that it was shortlisted for Community Energy England’s Fuel Poverty Action award and recognised by Michelle Donelan MP for its positive impact.

WWCE brought the programme back for 2023/24 with a mission to help more people to reduce their household energy use and save money.

During 18 sessions hosted in conjunction with Wiltshire’s network of food banks and other community groups, Jessica was once again able to help over 350 people – many of whom live in rural areas and have no other access to energy advice or further support. The project caught the attention of regional media and was profiled by BBC Radio Wiltshire during an ‘energy special’ programme.

At her pop up advice cafes, Jessica demonstrates practical, low-cost energy efficiency measures and answers questions on a range of topics including draught-proofing, reducing damp and mould, and insulating homes.  She also helps refer people to Warm and Safe Wiltshire for further support, signposting those who may be eligible for emergency help or grants to allow them to install larger efficiency measures, including insulation or a more efficient boiler. 

For more information about how to feel warmer at home, take a look at this Keeping Warm This Winter leaflet that includes details of some simple, free or low cost tips. 

If you are involved in a group that could benefit from hosting an energy café next winter, contact jessicat@wiltshirewildlife.org.

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“Nearly everyone learned new things and where to find the information {they needed}. The practical displays piqued most interest and conversations.”
 ~ John, That Meeting Space

“The Energy Cafe was very helpful to people in our group.  People have been talking about what they can do to reduce energy bills which is good. It was very useful and informative.”
~ Kay, Foodbank Manager

“Lots of tangible things for people to see, touch and learn about – it was practical advice, real “hands on” examples.”
~ Teresa, Melksham Without Parish Council

WWCE is a member of the Rural Communities Energy Support Network run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy who support the delivery of this project.