A new initiative to train people as voluntary community Energy Champions across Wealden has been launched.

Sussex-based community benefit society Energise Sussex Coast and Wealden District Council are on the lookout for volunteers to undertake free training.

There are two training sessions – between 11am and 4pm on both Monday 6 November in Crowborough and Thursday 23 November in Hailsham.

Energy Champions are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable local people who are passionate about making a difference to the environment as well as the wellbeing of their local community.

As Energy Champions, volunteers will receive free training and ongoing in person support to give energy advice to local people and help them to bring down their energy bills, stay warm and save energy.

Training can also be provided so that Energy Champions can also set up Community Energy projects such as thermal imaging, draught busting, solar streets, hosting energy workshops and more.

Energy Champions will receive ongoing training and support from Energise Sussex Coast to enable them to give energy advice and organise events/ activities around energy saving and renewable energy. Energy Champions volunteer from four hours a month.

No prior experience is needed and while the training is free, people do need to book in advance. More information and tickets for the Crowborough session are available at Energy Champion training

Tickets for the Hailsham event will be released soon.

Councillor Paul Coleshill, Alliance for Wealden (Liberal Democrat) and lead councillor for Climate Change and Economy said, “This really is a fantastic opportunity for people from all walks of life to train as Energy Champions and make a difference to the environment as well as the welfare of their local community.

“The role is very rewarding as it’s a chance to genuinely help people in a very tangible way. Energy champions not only address the cost of living crisis by helping to bring down energy costs, they do something about climate change by bringing down carbon emissions too.”

The Wealden Energy Champion project is funded by the National Lottery Reaching Communities fund.