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SELCE is recruiting volunteers!

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  • Are you passionate about tackling climate change and energy inequality?
  • Would you like to be part of a dynamic team of local people that makes a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people across Lewisham?
  • Are you keen to develop your communication and engagement skills?

If so then working with us on the ECO project is for you!

About the ECO Project

SELCE is working partnership with Lewisham Council and Retrofit Works – a co-operative of high quality contractors – to deliver the ECO project. We are working to find households who are most in need of energy efficiency support and provide them with support and funding opportunities.

There’s a huge need for this scheme – 1 in 10 of the households in Lewisham are unable to afford to stay warm and well. Aging heating systems and poorly insulated homes are a large part of the problem. This scheme provides funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes to help residents save money and keep warm.

The role of the ECO Project Volunteer

We are looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help us directly engage with local communities across Lewisham and identify households in most need of energy efficiency measures. The role will involve door to door work to inform residents about the funding and measures that will help them keep warm and save money.

In return we’ll provide you with suitable training and you’ll be supervised and supported throughout the project by our project manager. This is a great opportunity to learn about energy efficiency and fuel poverty whilst developing your community engagement skills.

This role will suit people with a real desire to make the London Borough of Lewisham and greener and fairer place to live.

The opportunity is available for one Tuesday and / or Saturday per month between November and February. We’ll provide travel and lunch expenses.

To apply please send a CV to Laura Wilson by 5pm on Tuesday 23rd October alongside a short email explaining why you are interested in the role.

SELCE is Recruiting (2 posts)

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Are you passionate about empowering vulnerable people? Do you have demonstrable experience in community outreach, engagement, energy efficiency and working with vulnerable people? Then one of our new roles could be just what you’re looking for…

In partnership with Lewisham Council and Retrofit Works, South East London Community Energy (SELCE) are working to combat fuel poverty while addressing climate change.  The ECO Project aims to identify hard to reach individuals who are suffering from health, financial and wellbeing issues from living in a cold home, who may not know about the support available to them.  This service actively seeks out and offers support to these members of the community, connecting them with financial and advice services in south east London.  This multi-sector collaboration maximises the strengths and benefits of each organisation to create a self-sustaining needs-lead approach to tackling fuel poverty.

We’re recruiting for 2 posts

1.      ECO Project Manager

·         £27,000 per annum pro-rata

·         Full time (37.5 hours per week)

·         Fixed term contract for 5 months from mid Aug until Mid-Jan with the possibility of extension

As the Project Manager, you will be the technical lead for the Project.  This role enables vulnerable residents to receive both financial and advice based support through established funding mechanisms.

Download the job description and application form here. Deadline for applications 5pm Wednesday 8th Aug, Interviews 22nd August


2.      Energy Efficiency Outreach Officer

·         £24,000 per annum pro-rata

·         0.5 FTE (18.75 hours per week)

·         Fixed term contract for 5 months from mid-Sept until mid-Feb with the possibility of extension

As the Outreach Officer, you will be the engagement lead for the Project. You will be responsible for finding those households at risk of fuel poverty who can most benefit from existing and emerging support and funding

Download the job description and application form here. Deadline for applications 5pm Wednesday 8th Aug, Interviews 24th August

We’re recruiting

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Are you looking for hands-on practical experience of working at a grass roots community level to promote energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty? If so volunteering to support our ECO Project could be for you.


Here at South East London Community Energy (SELCE) we’re working on an exciting new project that builds on our creative, innovative work addressing climate change and fuel poverty in practical, tangible ways and you can help shape it.  In partnership with Lewisham Council and Retrofit Works – a co-operative of high quality contractors – we’re looking to build a sustainable approach to finding those who are most in need of energy efficiency support and linking them in to funding. This pilot will allow partners to pool their knowledge and expertise to innovate a new needs-led approach and you’ll be at the heart of this process.


There’s a huge need for this scheme – 1 in 10 of the households in Lewisham are unable to afford to stay warm and well, and you’ll be able to make a real difference to their lives. Aging heating systems and poorly insulated homes are a large part of the problem; this scheme will provide funding to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Unfortunately, many of those at risk of fuel poverty don’t know that such financial help exists or may not understand the benefits. You will be part of a team whose role is to find those that can benefit and, provide people with the information, motivation and support needed to sign up.


We’ll provide you with all the training that you would need and you’ll be supervised and supported throughout the project by our project manager. You will have opportunities to learn about domestic energy efficiency, fuel poverty and community engagement. As a central part of the team you’ll be able to feed into the development of the project. Click here for the role description

ECO Project Volunteer Role Description

SELCE’s Energy Advice Cafes – just one month left to book a consultation

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Energy costs are on the increase again, so don’t miss this opportunity to find out how you can avoid pay more for your gas and electricity. SELCE is offering free advice on how to get the best energy deals and how to keep the cold out.

SELCE’s trained energy advisors are offering individual support over a cup of tea and a slice of cake at weekly advice sessions in Woolwich and Catford. We are particularly keen to provide help to pensioners,anyone on benefits, people with small children and people with long term medical conditions. We also provide energy advice training sessions for front line workers.

The SELCE co-operative has secured funding from the government’s Big Energy Saving Network initiative and its energy advisors can help residents to access available support and services as well. Support can also be provided to deal with fuel bill arrears.

The new Energy Cafés are being held on Mondays from 10am to 4pm at the Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington St, London SE18 6HQ and on Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm at Lewisham Homes’ customer support office on the ground floor of Catford Old Town Hall, Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU. The session are only available until March 21st, so don’t delay.

If you are interesting in attending a session, you can either drop-in on the day or book an appointment on SELCE’s website at Anyone attending a session should bring their latest gas and electricity bills with them.

For more information on training for frontline workers, please email Alex Hartley at

We’re recruiting for ‘Parent Power’ project

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Do you know anyone who would be interested in working on a part-time project for SELCE? The co-op has been awarded funding from the Energy People Trust for ‘Parent Power’, an innovative programme that will identify families in extreme fuel poverty and provide them with tailored, peer-­led assistance.

The Parent Power project will provide support to 150 families who use the children’s centre services in Woolwich. The idea is to recruit a team of parents to become ‘energy champions’. These champions will receive a professional qualification that will equip them with the skills to give energy advice. Champions will work with families who have been identified as being at risk of fuel poverty by Children’s Centre staff and will provide support to them at home.

We are now recruiting a project manager to lead this initiative. We’re looking for someone who is experienced in providing energy advice, initiating energy saving measures in the home and working with volunteers. If you are interested, or you know anyone who might be interested, contact  Full details of the role can be found here:

Parent Power Project Manager

Affordable warmth: fuel poverty facts and what’s available to assist clients

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Come along to this free, informative and practical workshop and find out more about what is available to help you and your clients keep warm and well at home for less cost.

Even if you have attended a similar event, this area is always changing so come along and find out the latest information.

This feedback for a previous session sums up the day: “It was actually very useful and sort of fun!”

You will find out:

  • What fuel poverty is, who it affects and the impact on health
  • How to get the best deal for energy bills (this should help your household too!)
  • What support and finanical help is available locally and nationally
  • What can be done to save money and energy
  • Which schemes are available for vulnerable clients

We’ll be providing everything you need to know without adding hugely to your already large work load!

Any questions please phone the Selce office on 0208 269-4882.

Book NOW on our Eventbrite page – our sessions normally fill up fast. If you cannot make this date, another session will be run in January.

Date and Time

Tue 6 December 2016
14:00 – 17:00 GMT


Unit 6 Greenwich Centre Business Park
53 Norman Road
se10 9qf


SELCE launches price comparison site

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If you’re thinking about switching to a better energy deal, you might want to use SELCE’s price comparison site. Our experience as energy advisors suggests that, if you haven’t switched in the last 12 months, doing so will almost certainly save you around £200 – or possibly more.

Our new webpage provides quotes from all approved energy providers and each time the site is used, SELCE receives a donation. It would be great if you could send the link to your friends and family as well. This income will go towards our fuel poverty work.

You can go directly to our price comparison site here:

SELCE energy comparison page

If you live in London, you may be interested in the the Big London Energy Switch. If you join one of the local council schemes involved in the Switch, you can save money on your bills through ‘collective bargaining’ with other energy users in your area.

More details can be found here:

Big London Energy Switch

Carbon Conversations: hosted by SELCE! Starting 16th September

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Carbon Conversations

You up for a bit of values based lifestyle shift?

Join our 2 wonderful facilitators for a series of 6 friendly, practical groups that help you face climate change and chose what steps you want to make to shift to a lower carbon higher enjoyment lifestyle. Carbon reductions of 1 tonne CO2 are typically made by each member during the course, with plans developed to halve individual footprints over a 4-5 year period.

One of The Guardian’s “20 ideas that could save the world”.

What is Carbon Conversations?

Carbon Conversations Groups offer a supportive group experience that helps people halve their personal carbon footprint.  They deal with the difficulties of change by connecting to values, emotions and identity. The groups are based on a psychological understanding of how people change.

Groups of 6-8 members meet with trained facilitators in homes, community centres, workplaces or other venues. The 6 meetings create a non-judgmental atmosphere where people are encouraged to make lifestyle changes. The groups offer:

  • reliable, well-researched information and practical guidance on what will make a difference
  • space for people to explore what climate change means for themselves, their families and their aspirations
  • support in creating a personal plan for change

The meetings use professionally designed, reliable materials to cover climate change basics, ideas for a low-carbon future and the four key areas of the footprint – home energy, travel, food and other consumption.

Discussions of practicalities are woven together with discussions of what these changes mean personally.

This course is free but there is a £20 cost to buy the workbook and Ro Randall’s book “In Time For Tomorrow” for each participant.

We will then meet every other Friday for a total of 6 weeks.

Unit 6 Greenwich Centre Business Park – 53 Norman Road, Greenwich, se10 9qf

Book your place via Eventbrite

For more information about Carbon Conversations

SELCE celebrates success of second community share offer

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Corks popped in the office last week as SELCE celebrated the success of its second share offer. Thanks to the support of new and returning investors, we have now raised a further £120,000 to install solar arrays on three more primary schools in SE London. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in the share offer. In fact, the offer was so popular that we oversubscribed and had to close a few days earlier than planned. Never one to let the grass grow beneath her feet, Giovanna is now overseeing the start of installation work on the schools’ roofs.

Photo: a big thanks to Alex (second from right) for providing the bunting, party drinks and food and to Susannah (second from left) for fashioning a mini solar panel to go on the top of our celebration cake. Also pictured (from left to right) Anna, Camilla, Sergio and Giovanna.