The Energy Envoys scheme
The aim of our Energy Envoys scheme - which is supported and endorsed by the UK’s leading professional engineering institutions - is to harness the energy and enthusiasm of young people and to help their local communities to use energy in buildings more wisely, save money and help save the planet.
Support for Energy Envoy participants
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants taking part receive an initial energy tutorial, plus information and advice on setting up energy-related projects via a dedicated website we've developed.
They are also supported by our experts as they carry out their projects, and are encouraged to share their learning and stories with their communities.
In addition, we provide opportunities for participants to share their successes and learning through the website, events and the wider media, as well as adding to a body of learning and experiences for future years’ participants to access.
With a rolling registration of more than 300,000 participants and operating through more than 12,700 centres across the UK, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides huge potential for our new scheme and for developing a nationwide network of Energy Envoys.
Aims of Energy Envoys
We're really excited about our Energy Envoys scheme, which:
- Empowers participating volunteers to deliver tangible benefits in their communities - saving energy, money and carbon emissions - whilst improving the comfort of homes and community buildings.
- Creates additional impact through the rippling of knowledge and ideas between participants, their communities and the many people who work with them.
- Introduces participants to the many interesting and diverse opportunities for careers in the built environment and energy efficiency sectors.
- Helps to create a more energy literate society as participants carry a better understanding of energy efficiency and energy use into their adult lives, whatever career path they choose.
Energy Envoys is available across the UK for Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE participants to complete the volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In its first year, we plan to support up to 1,000 Energy Envoys delivering between 13,000 and 78,000 hours of community service.
Energy Envoys sponsorship opportunities
We're looking for a number of co-sponsors to provide £10,000 each for each of the first three years, alongside the funding already allocated by our Trustees. Single-year sponsorship is available, if preferred, and individual/personal sponsors will be able to take advantage of Gift Aid.
Sponsors will be recognised on promotional material, on the dedicated web pages and in the support material provided; in press releases and media engagements. Sponsors will also be able to advertise their support of the programme through their own channels and work with us on areas of particular relevance to them – eg: school buildings, homes, faith groups, user-friendly apps, web-based tools, drop-in advice centres, renewable energy information – the list is endless.