Practical steps for building diverse and inclusive groups

Voscur delivered a training course on ‘Practical steps for building diverse and inclusive groups’ on 21 February 2017. Groups attending the training included Bedminster Energy Group, Bishopston Cotham an Redland Energy Group, Sustrans, Bee the Change, Herbalists without Borders, Protect our NHS, Street Goat, NHS and Greater Bedminster Neighbourhood Partnership. Some key learning points: Educate … Continued

25 Jan 2017: Setting the Scene for 2017

On 25 January we kicked off the year with our event ‘Bristol community energy: Setting the scene for 2017’. The meeting was attended by around 25 members and friends old and new, including Bristol Energy Co-operative, Friends of the Earth Bristol, North Bristol Advice Centre and Groundwork. In the first part of the meeting everyone shared their … Continued

Building your group

On Saturday 28 January 2017 we held our ‘Building your Group: bringing new people and skills into your group’ session, delivered by Voscur. The session covered barriers and motivations relating to getting involved in a group, micro-volunteering, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and ensuring you find the right people for the right roles. We also … Continued

Powering your Projects – all about fundraising

Through this session, run by Voscur, we learnt about different funding sources, the principles of income diversity and how to write a winning funding application. Quartet Community Foundation gave advice about applying to their range of funds including the Bristol Community Energy Fund.   Attendees came from a range of community organisations, some were energy focused, some … Continued

Community Powered Change – Making Decisions that make a Difference

Many of the complex challenges we face are really urgent: from climate change to fuel poverty, we need action yesterday. But in our haste many are left behind and the decisions we make are poorer for it. After all, how can we create a world that works for everyone if we don’t include everyone in … Continued

Notes 6 July 2016

We held our BEN open meeting in Lockleaze on 6 July, titled Putting Communities at the Heart of Bristol’s Energy System. Read the meeting notes: 6 July 2016 notes Putting Communities at the Heart of Bristol

Notes from 4 May 2016 BEN meeting

Thanks to everyone who came to our meeting this week at the Kuumba Centre. We had some great discussions about values, partnerships and how we can organise meetings that make people feel welcome and able to participate. We’ll be sharing notes very soon. Thanks also to Surplus Supper Club for the delicious food! You can … Continued

Consultation on further reforms to the Capacity Market

Bristol Energy Network (BEN) and Bristol City Council (BCC) welcome this opportunity to respond to DECC’s consultation on further reforms to the Capacity Market.
 
BEN and BCC’s consultation response focuses on the capacity market’s treatment of diesel generators. It is motivated by our experience of local planning applications being submitted for the deployment of diesel generators to serve the capacity market. These applications are often strongly resisted by the communities which we represent.

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