Community Energy Plus’s contribution to Cornwall’s thriving voluntary sector has been recognised by the Camborne-based charity and social enterprise achieving recognition in two categories at this year’s Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum Awards.
The awards ceremony was held at The Eden Project on Thursday 28th November to celebrate the achievements of the voluntary sector in Cornwall, helping to engage the wider public, raise awareness of the progressive work taking place and fostering connections between organisations to facilitate future projects.
Community Energy Plus won the ‘Best Partnership or Collaboration’ award as a result of their work to establish and lead the Winter Wellbeing Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Community Energy Plus is acting as project manager for this pioneering programme for the third year running this winter, working alongside over 30 other organisations from the community and voluntary sector with the backing of Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the NHS in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Winter Wellbeing provides help for those people in fuel poverty who are most at risk of deteriorating health during the winter months. Community Energy Plus provides a central contact point or ‘triage service’ for Winter Wellbeing, allowing customers to access a wide range of services from different organisations with one phone call.
The charity was also named as runner-up in the award for the ‘Best Business Partnership,’ which acknowledges the work undertaken by the charity since 1998 to roll out extensive and effective insulation measures to householders in Cornwall using the local supply chain. On-going work has already improved the energy efficiency of 25,000 homes, bringing down household energy bills and carbon emissions while making Cornwall’s homes warmer and healthier.
Dr Tim Jones, Chief Executive of Community Energy Plus, said he was pleased to see the charity and social enterprise going from strength to strength. “As householders in Cornwall become ever more concerned about rising energy prices, our services are in increasingly high demand. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of the team, which is committed to improving the energy efficiency of housing stock, making it more affordable to live in a warm and comfortable home.”