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FREE domestic energy awareness training - Tues 26th October

We’re running another of our popular free Big Energy Saving Network awareness training sessions – on Tuesday 26th October

ThinkingFuel update – temporary change to heating oil deliveries

The panic buying witnessed at petrol stations across the UK, which has caused major delivery problems, is also affecting heating oil, with unprecedented demand and supply issues arising.  For the time being, instead of ThinkingFuel’s usual fortnightly collective ordering days, we are simply taking orders on a daily basis.

Saving water and the environment with a smart water meter

Norwich is the focus of a campaign to encourage consumers to use less water, to help protect the environment as well as save on water bills.

Without affordable housing, rural communities are at risk of becoming lifeless, dormitory settlements

Our partners at ACRE have shared this press release (below) about growing concerns over the lack of new housing in rural communities – and it makes for interesting reading.  Community Action Norfolk, is a member of Eastern Community Homes – which provides a one stop shop for anyone considering community-led housing in the East of England.  Community Led Housing Advisor and Acting CEO of CAN, Rik Martin says:

Charities and community organisations – closing down vs other options: Part 2 - Ashwellthorpe

This is Part 2 of last week's article about other options when Charities and Community Organisations might be considering closing down.  You can read Part 1 here.

Hethersett Hall - activities for residents during lockdown

Life has been exceptionally difficult for residents of care homes over the past year, with COVID-19 making visits from friends and family impossible. Only recently have we seen restrictions lifting enough such that visitors can once again be welcomed in. 

Charities and community organisations – closing down vs other options: Part 1

More than 60 per-cent of community groups across England and Wales have been forced to reduce their services or close completely because of the pandemic, whilst two-thirds say need has increased in their communities. Closure can, however, be a positive move however, often arising from positive circumstances. And there are often other options. 

‘We do housing differently’: Eastern Community Homes launch

Eastern Community Homes officially launched last month with an online event over three days.  ‘Eastern Community Homes: We Do Housing Differently’ saw more than 450 delegates booked in to hear a range of expert speakers share their experiences and projects.

Norfolk Energy Switch - helping West Norfolk consumers make real savings on their electricity and gas bills

Energy switching is not a new idea - but 50% of householders have not switched in the last three years. This means their supplier defaults them onto a ‘Standard Variable Tariff’, which typically is the most expensive. No-one should have to pay more than they need to. Collective energy switching uses the bargaining power of a large group of residents to get them a competitive offer. 

Strumpshaw Community Hall – launching in lockdown and looking to the future

Village and community halls everywhere have felt keenly the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to provide social and recreational events. For many the ongoing lack of income has presented a tangible financial crisis. How much more so then, for a brand-new community hall, whose planned launch coincided with the first pandemic lockdown in March 2020? 

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