Community engagement & volunteers

Engaging local communities is a central part of why makes community energy is unique and brings so many benefits. Encouraging and facilitating participation from local residents and stakeholders is vital when developing your project - see this How To page.

Once your organisation is up and running or you've completed a project, community engagement shouldn't stop - it's important to continue the impact your organisation can have and helping generate the momentum you'll need to create and implement new projects. 

Behaviour change is an important part of getting people involved. Understanding individual and group motivations and drivers is essential for developing strategies to encourage participation.

Several toolkits and resources are available to help groups engage and educate communities:


  • NCVO - extensive resources about volunteering and coronavirus.
  • CAG Oxfordshire have put together a shared document to support community groups with their response to the pandemic
  • Community energy organisations wanting to engage with community support can find their local COVID-19 mutual aid groups here
  • Alongside use of social media there are apps (e.g. that you can use to engage with your local community and encourage others to support vulnerable people in your local area


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