Category Archives: Courses

PlanLoCaL workshops in July

Have booked your space at the next PlanLoCaL community energy event?

Are you involved with a community group through work or in a voluntary capacity which would benefit from resources and guidance on low carbon projects?

The four events in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Bristol will explore community approaches to energy efficiency and the Green Deal, showcasing the brand new PlanLoCaL toolkit and featuring some excellent guest speakers. You can sign up via the links below.

The different events will feature speakers from DECC, Green Deal Advice Midlands Ltd, Carbon Co-op, Energise Barnet, Bristol Green Doors, Birmingham Social Enterprise Energy Network, Co-operatives UK Community Shares Unit, as well as more to be confirmed!

And workshop sessions will include: Exploring roles in Green Deal; Understanding your area; Identifying funding; Managing Risk; Writing a community engagement strategy; Planning permissions; Housing Assessment Tool; Energy efficiency game.

We are able to offer travel bursaries to community group volunteers, and all attendees will get a free copy of the new PlanLoCaL pack. But sign up soon as places are filling up quickly!

Friday 5 July | The Priory Rooms, Birmingham |

Saturday 6 July | Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester |

Friday 12 July | Roots and Shoots, London |

Saturday 13 July | Create Centre, Bristol |

Please feel free to pass these details on to your contacts. There’s more information in the attached flyer.

Best wishes

CSE Communities team


FREE Fuel Poverty and Energy Awareness Training


Community Energy Update – Open Homes Training – Volunteer Training – Launch of Community Energy Fund

Dear Community Sustainable Energy Group member,

Just a brief note concerning some free training, apologies for the short notice.

There is some free training and limited mentoring support for setting up an open homes project, with sessions being held in Exeter and Poole. More information

Dorset Community Energy; a new renewable energy co-operative which Dorset County Council, Wessex Community Assets and a range of partners will be setting up in March/April 2013, with financial support from the Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably project.

An information evening for community groups on the new co-operative is being held – to book and more information please follow the link below……

There is also some free training on the 5th February on managing volunteers for those involved in Voluntary Organisations.

@Also Energize Stur Valley are organising a conference on RE on the 16th Feb. More information @


Chair, Community Sustainable Energy Group

Strawbale Construction Course

A reminder that strawbale building expert Paul Wells is running a one-day course in strawbale construction in Bridport on Saturday September 15th. Open to all, the course is offered free to residents living with the Bridport locality, £100 otherwise. It runs from 9.15 to 4.30 and it is advisable to wear old clothes and if possible bring some old gardening/work gloves if you have them. Places are limited – call Kingston Maurward College on 01305 215215 for more information or click this link:

Free Training – Fuel Poverty Awareness & Identification Training – From Dorset Energy Advice Centre

Fundraising Skills Workshop

Attention all Sturminster groups!

A Bid Writing Skills Workshop will be held next month in Gillingham.Click on image below for booking form in word format.Places are limited to 24 and will be filled on a first come – first served basis.

Otesha Cycle Tours

Do you want to make the world a better place next summer? Silly question, here’s your chance to become part of a sustainable mobile community. Pedal across the UK visiting schools and youth clubs, organic farms, fascinating sustainability projects and plenty more. Join an inspirational team of other volunteers, excited to share and learn all about environmental and social sustainability. Get skilled up in everything from bike maintenance to consensus decision making and learn lots about sustainable and group living.
This year we’ve got three thrilling tours including Tastetastic! – a three week food-themed extravaganza open to anyone over 18. Totally Coastal and Western Quest will spend six weeks on the road in the classic performing, workshop facilitating and cycling Otesha style (age 18-28). Find out the what, when, where, why, who and how – and apply here.  It’s first come, first served for these tours, so get your application in soon to avoid disappointment!

Tour Liaison Internships

We’re also on the look out for six dedicated, organised, fun-loving tour liaisons.  These fabulous folk will have some extra responsibilities, for things like team dynamics, ensuring performances and workshops are as good as possible, and health and safety.  They’ll also get a couple of weeks’ office experience, helping with some last minute tour planning.  The deadline for this internship is 27th January at 5pm.  Find out more by downloading the Tour Liaison internship description and application form which you can return via email to

Iona Collins
Otesha Project UK
Unit 4 Huguenot Place
17a Heneage Street
London E1 5LN

(+44) 0207 377 2109
Twitter: @oteshauk
Summer 2012 Cycle Tours are go! Apply now for a Western Quest, Totally Coastal adventure, or our all new three week food-themed cycle tour open to anyone over 18, Tastetastic!

The Otesha Project UK is a registered charity (no. 1122181) and a company registered in England (no. 06111803)