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Community Energy Champions

ACT encouraged volunteer Energy Champions to pilot a new Community Energy Champions Toolkit in their communities and develop plans for community-led solutions to Fuel Poverty.


The Community Energy Champions Toolkit, written by National Energy Action (NEA), is a guide to support the development and delivery of Energy Champions Networks, to promote energy efficiency and wellbeing, creating more efficient, environmentally friendly, and socially just communities. The Toolkit suggests ways of up-skilling, supporting and retaining local Energy Champions to address local energy related issues.

ACT worked with volunteer Energy Champions from a range of communities to plan for how to provide appropriate energy solutions locally. ACT supported these Energy Champions to use the Toolkit, and other resources, to identify local energy needs, the potential activity to address these needs, and where to access additional information and support needed.

Pilot Energy Champion Communities

- Claife (South Lakeland)

- Sustainable Brampton (Carlisle district)

- Alston (Eden)

Resources and Information

Community Energy Champions Toolkit (NEA)

Affordable Warmth A practical guide to addressing heating and energy efficiency in your community (ACRE)

Helping Consumers with Energy Help towards lower bills and warmer homes (DECC)

Energy Efficiency A practical guide to how your community can become more energy efficient (ACRE)

Renewable Energy A practical guide to developing community renewable energy projects (ACRE)


Oil buying groups
(Opt 4 Community Energy website)

Community renewable energy (Plan LoCal website)

Energy Efficiency and Green Deal (Plan LoCal website)

CAfS support for community groups in Eden (Cumbria Action for Sustainability website)

Rural Community Energy Fund (WRAP website)


Britain's first Community Energy Strategy (link to government website)


Project funded by Cumbria Community Foundation

Latest News

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

13 September 2017

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

Volunteers from six Community Buildings around Cumbria were presented with achievement awards by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) at their recent AGM. Over 50 people attended the event at Sedbergh People’s Hall, celebrating the enormous contribution which Village Hall volunteers make to the communities they serve. 

Medical Services and Transport needed by rural people

8 August 2017

Medical Services and Transport needed by rural people

From the 1,000 responses so far in the Cumbria Rural Panel Survey, the top priorities are: access to medical services, the need for transport services and affordable housing. Good Broadband and access to a village shop are also scoring highly. The survey being promoted by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is asking rural Cumbrian residents which services are important to them.  The results will be used to provide a focus for the discussions of the Cumbria Rural Panel. The survey ask respondents to pick three services, from a list of eight, that are the most important to rural life and then asks people to identify the one thing that would improve life in rural Cumbria.

Cumbria Panel Rural Survey

4 July 2017

Cumbria Panel Rural Survey

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is asking rural Cumbrian residents what services are important to them.  The brief survey being used will provide a focus for the first discussions of the Cumbria Rural Panel.

New Emergency Planning guide for Cumbrian Households

27 June 2017

New Emergency Planning guide for Cumbrian Households

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging households across the county to consider how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency and has produced a simple Household Emergency Plan leaflet to help.

Prince's Countryside Fund supports resilience in Community Buildings

4 April 2017

Prince's Countryside Fund supports resilience in Community Buildings

Volunteers from across the county have met with ACTion with Communities in Cumbria to discuss how village halls and other community buildings can be more resilient.

ACT champions community and rural issues, and sees community buildings as a critical part of vibrant, sustainable rural life. Funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund is supporting ACT to develop a toolkit to help community buildings manage risks and be more resilient.

Chancellor urged to issue Budget VAT refund to village hall charities

30 March 2017

Chancellor urged to issue Budget VAT refund to village hall charities

ACTion with communities in Cumbria is urging the Government to pledge £3 million in the Budget to refund the VAT paid by village halls on improvement work such as modern kitchen and toilet facilities and new meeting rooms. 

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