In Autumn 2017 we received some funding to help raise awareness about the rollout of Smart Meters, particularly for people aged over 65 who are not online.

Our work included writing articles for a number of local papers, with a total readership of over 50,000, a breakfast radio show, stalls and workshops.

Some of the workshops we ran included Dhek Bhal Women’s Group and Men’s Group, Golden Agers, Malcolm X, Evergreens, and events we attended included Health Homes and Head Space (Easton Community Centre) and Celebrating Age Event.

In Autumn 2018 we were again successful in securing funding to run workshops on the smart meters rollout, aimed at over 65s.

During this project, BEN engaged over 250 people with around 140 of these from the target group. We ran training events, including our existing Energy Champions, to 42 people, including 5 over 65s. Those people who have been trained will be running further training sessions and passing information on to all ages, including over 65s through phone lines and during their day to day work with members of the public.

Generally, attendees would start the session feeling quite negative about Smart Meters and there was lots of misinformation and mis-handling of Smart Meter installations. By the end of the session, however, most people were more positive about them and had a better understanding of why they were beneficial to both them as householders and the wider environment. People were also interested to find out and gained a better understanding of their rights over Smart Meter installation.

More information about this project is set out in the End of project report

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