Volunteering with PEC shaped my future

PEC Student volunteer Olivia Wells_blogAfter moving to Plymouth to go to University I wanted to start something outside of my studies to help build my CV and get more experience. That’s when I discovered Plymouth Energy Community, advertising their first round of Home Energy Volunteer training. The training sessions were very welcoming and interesting and through which, I was first introduced to the concept of fuel poverty. After the training I was ready to assist in home visits as well as attending events to help promote the valuable services PEC provide. Volunteering with PEC was very flexible around my studies, allowing me to do a few hours here and there. It helped me build confidence and the work I carried out was worthwhile and fulfilling, I could see the changes as we helped to empower households.

The role I had with PEC inspired me for the topic of my undergraduate dissertation ‘Fuel poverty in Plymouth: analysing PEC as a local solution’. After sometime PEC also put me through further training to achieve a City & Guilds in Energy Awareness. My passion and enthusiasm for volunteering with PEC was rewarded after being nominated and winning of Plymouth’s Young Volunteer of the Year 2016. Unfortunately due to time constraints my volunteering came to an end in my final year at University. But the skills I gained and the training I received enabled me to get my dream graduate role as an Energy Advisor for a charity based in Southampton. I’m excited to be doing similar rewarding work on fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

I’d encourage anyone to join the PEC Pal‘s programme. You’ll learn so much and meet some fantastic people, it’s definitely helped me.