Get creative on climate action – join PEC Pals!
Do you want to use your creativity to respond to climate and energy challenges? Feeling a little lost in the face of it all and looking for some mutual support? Then join PEC Pals.
What is PEC Pals?
PEC Pals is our volunteer programme bringing people together to make energy advice accessible to their communities and a space to help you release your creativity.
PEC Pals gives you the skills and confidence to help respond to the climate and energy crisis here in Plymouth.
Ready for Winter Campaign 2023
Could your skills help people in our community to be ready for winter?
At the moment our Pals are helping vulnerable residents get ready for winter by connecting people and craft groups to knit, sew and craft our way to a warmer winter for everyone.
The energy crisis is making things difficult for people in our communities, and some are having to keep the heating off as it is too expensive to run.
We are bringing crafting groups and people with a passion for crafting together to make things of warmth and beauty – blankets, gloves, hats etc. These will be given out from community hubs when the weather gets colder.
You will have opportunity to develop your understanding and confidence around the challenges facing us and have the space to explore creative solutions for issues in our community, through fun and engaging sessions run by our team. You will also have the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills or share those you already have.
What have our previous 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 PEC Pals programme has been made possible by funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities.