The iConnect project reached out to hundreds of local people with updated and engaging energy advice designed to help them save energy and money.
Rising energy costs are putting unprecedented strain on local people, at a time when the effects of the pandemic are still being felt. In some cases, bills have risen 54% since April, with more to come. This is causing rising anxiety over how to pay for and manage energy usage in our homes.
Funded by British Gas Energy Trust, iConnect was delivered by the Bromley by Bow Centre at 12 ‘host’ sites across Tower Hamlets. The six month project aimed to build the capabilities of the community, by providing them with the knowledge and skills to help themselves and others around their energy costs.
The workshops were designed to be interactive and engaging, with updated energy advice and a focus on digital skills to save energy and money. By working in partnership with host locations, they were also able to extend the traditional reach of the energy advice service.
Overall the project supported 221 people in 21 workshops across the borough, with 25 receiving one-to-one support and 67 referred to additional services. 100% of the participants found the workshops useful.
Speaking about the project, Rob Trimble, Chief Executive of the Bromley by Bow added; ‘It’s amazing what iConnect achieved in such a short space of time. It is both encouraging and sad in different ways. It’s sad to see the scale of the needs that people are facing and the money worries they are confronting every day. But it’s also so encouraging to know that iConnect helped to equip people with the tools they need for the future and that they will be more resilient as a result.’