BEN Open Meeting July 2018 – review

Celebrating 5 years of the Bristol Community Strategy for Energy 40 people turned up during Community Energy Fortnight on a sweltering World-Cup qualifying match day in July, phew! Iris Partridge, our host at Easton Community Centre, started with an overview of the Bristol Community Strategy for Energy – how it came about 5 years ago, … Continued

A new perspective on energy justice

This article is on mapping household direct energy consumption in the United Kingdom to provide a new perspective on energy and is based in Bristol.

Bristol community energy groups and projects in the news!

Check out this article in the Guardian, it is a brief overview of community energy and introduction to Bristol projects which hits the spot nicely!   And another in the Financial Times about the Owen Square Community Energy project, but you have to be a subscriber to view it.

BEN Open Meeting April 2018 – review

            Held at the SouthBank Centre in Dean Lane on the 17th April we started with an update about the fantastic work of our co-hosts Bedminster Energy Group, including their MakeYourHomeEco Summer workshops. Next, we carried out an asset mapping activity of Bristol to encourage people to think more widely and look … Continued

4 Oct 2017: What does community energy need to thrive?

On 4 October 2017 we met at FaithSpace in Redcliffe to talk about what community energy needs to thrive, including what resources we need and what policies are relevant locally. The discussion was in the context of the 5-year anniversary of the Community Strategy for Energy, which is coming up next year. We wanted to start thinking … Continued

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


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