Become a PEC Pal

Make a difference, become a PEC Pal

Do you work in the community, where you see people choosing between heating and eating? Are you worried about the climate emergency and curious about practical steps you can take at home or at work? Would you like to upskill yourself regarding energy related issues, or fuel poverty. Then please join us.

What is PEC Pals?

PEC Pals is a structured, flexible and person-centred programme which provides information and training to enhance skills and increase knowledge. The information gained will help you to help yourself as well as your friends, family and customers / service users.

Plymouth Energy Community’s work.

In the last 5 years, PEC’s services to tackle carbon and energy issues, cold homes and fuel poverty have grown significantly. We’ve helped over 20,000 households to stay warm and well and have installed 33 community-owned solar arrays. And we want to do so much more.

What does being a PEC Pal involve?

As a PEC Pal, you’ll develop your understanding and confidence around:

1. PEC’s role and the city’s challenges

2. Energy issues

3. Energy efficiency and the home

4. Climate change / carbon

5. Fuel poverty

6. Skills for better community working.

To do this, we will give you a free training programme and on-going support to assist you to become more active in the issues we explore.

What do I have to do?

To take part, we ask that you attend all four core training sessions. These are weekly and on a Friday, from 31st January 2020 :

Session 1 – Getting to know you

Venue – Sustainability Hub, Kirby Lodge, Plymouth University.

Friday 31st January 9.30 -1pm (lunch provided)

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 explore different ideas, ones that interest you and align with our aims to make things better. 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. There is some hands-on activity too.

Session 2 – Mental Health Awareness training provided by MIND

Venue – Sustainability Hub, Kirby Lodge, Plymouth University.

Friday 7th February 9.30 – 1pm (lunch provided)

A session to explore what it means to be in good or poor mental health. Including information on anxiety, depression and conditions that can affect everyday life. This relaxed session will increase understanding and introduce ways to reach better outcomes for yourself, family, friends and clients.

Session 3 – Exploring Dementia training provided by Memory Matters

Friday 14th February 9.30 – 1pm (lunch provided)

Venue – Room 205, Rolle Building, Plymouth University.

EVERYONE will interact with someone living with dementia. All of us will find ourselves in a role in life, through work or personally where we are interacting with people who are living with a dementia. Sometimes we can feel lost in knowing the best way to approach, or what to say. This course will give you all the tools you need to empathise with the many symptoms that people with dementia may experience and how that impacts communication and day to day living.

Session 4 – De-escalation (responding to aggressive behaviour) training provided by the Zebra Collective

Friday 21st February 9.30 – 1pm (lunch provided)

Venue – Sustainability Hub, Kirby Lodge, Plymouth University.

Have you ever found yourself in a confrontational situation, unaware of how it happened or how to resolve it? De-escalation training explores the paths we can all take to promote better understanding and reach the resolutions we need.

What happens when the sessions finish?

Congratulations, you will have become a PEC Pal! You are aware of the work we do, the challenges in the city and some of the ways we can tackle them together. At the very least, you will be kept up to date with the work we do, schemes to help and opportunities to get involved. Or perhaps you want to help expand our reach, or test new services because you’ve had an idea that could help. Great! We’ll work with you to get that idea off the ground. There is no minimum amount of time to give and PEC will provide support you with the training and time you need to bring it to life.

Your ongoing role

Our hope is that you will all take the skills and knowledge you have gained, into the community and that you will share it. Far and wide. The more people that are aware of what is available to them and what they can do to help themselves, the happier we are.

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 Clare or Rae or email