Be a PEC Pal
Have you ever wondered how to make a difference in your own community? Are you looking for a way to use your skills, meet your ambitions and make new friends?
Then please join us. In the last 5 years, our services to tackle energy issues and cold homes have grown significantly. We’ve helped over 12,000 households and have installed 33 community-owned solar arrays. But we want to do so much more.
What does being a PEC Pal involve?
A PEC Pal can be an existing member, a frontline worker, a community leader, a corporate business representative, a time-banker, a teacher, a student, a PEC service user, a retiree; anyone who shares our aims!
As a PEC Pal, you’ll develop skills to further your contribution to the local community. We will offer you a free, flexible training programme and on-going support to assist you to come up with a new project or get involved with an existing one.
Your project can be big or small. From taking up curtains for a new ‘curtains to cold’ project to giving time to take photos, talk to people in your neighbourhood or hold fundraising events at your organisation. You don’t need to come along with a project or relevant skills or experience in mind, we will also provide project ideas. We’ll help you find what’s right for you. We’ll also be in touch regularly to see how things are going and to offer support.
To take part, we ask that you attend our three core training sessions:
Session 1: Introductory session
You’ll be made to feel part of the PEC family, meeting staff and like-minded people to explore our work and the city’s challenges. You’ll discover where we came from and why we exist. We’ll help you to explore different project ideas, one that interests you and is aligned with our aims to make things better.
Session 2: An energy efficient home and fuel poverty awareness
We’ll equip you with knowledge about energy efficiency and fuel poverty. We’ll look at the scale of the problem, practical ways to reduce energy bills and cover some of the key advice that Plymouth residents need to hear.
Session 3: Community awareness, equality and diversity
We’ll give you the skills to understand and work within your community, covering community awareness and equality and diversity.
Following the first 3 sessions, you’ll be free to meet PEC Pals already working on ways to help. There is no minimum amount of time to give and PEC will provide support and training wherever you need it. We’ll catch up with you regularly to see how things are going and there will be a celebration event.
Refreshments will be provided.
What have our PEC Pals been up to?
Setting up a curtain bank
Kat joined us in early 2018. Really keen to give back to the community, Kat saw PEC Pals as the perfect opportunity to meet new people and to combine her passions for social equality and addressing climate change. After attending the programme, Kat helped the Energy Team to set up a curtain bank. She helps to gather donated curtains, register them on a database and then pass them on to those who can't afford them.
Joining our art & energy project
We teamed up with Art & Energy CIC to explore getting creative with solar. Here's our wonderful PEC Pal, Les, learning how to make an artwork that also charges his phone. Les has been a champion in his neighbourhood, spreading the world of what we can do and encouraging his neighbours to give our Energy Team a call. He even helped us by staring in one of our videos!
Strengthening relationships with other organsiations
We were lucky enough to have Owen, Manager of Plymouth Athenaeum join us in 2018. He kindly took our PEC Pals on a tour of Plymouth's hidden gem, The Plymouth Athenaeum, a charity dedicated to the promotion of learning in the fields of science, technology, literature and art. We now regularly host events in the building and Owen has even joined our Board as a Trustee, sharing his valuable knowledge and experience about charities.
"PEC Pals has made me love Plymouth more!"
Our next programme will start in early 2020 and will specifically designed for student social workers at Plymouth University, helping them gain an insight into the challenges of fuel poverty in the city and giving them valuable experience for when they are qualified.
Our PEC Pals programme has been made possible by funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities and European Regional Development Funding provided through the Interreg Europe Programme.