Plymouth, UK

Plymouth, UK

Plymouth, United Kingdom has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2014. With the support of the city’s Councillor Chris Penberthy, Plymouth has been able to deliver projects to address fuel and food poverty. Plymouth City Council has successfully partnered with 16 organisations to engage 30 volunteers to help people save on their energy bills and 50 volunteers to provide easy access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables.

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Energy Champions

Through their Energy Champions initiative, Plymouth City Council will work with the Plymouth Energy Community to recruit 30 new volunteers in 10 key priority neighbourhoods. The volunteers will galvanize their communities to enable a total of 150 families to save at least £60 on their annual household energy bills. Volunteers will also work with 50 families who use prepayment energy meters, and will educate them on how to save money regardless of their meter type.

Grow Share Cook

Through the Grow Share Cook initiative, Plymouth City Council and Food Plymouth partners will recruit at least 30 volunteers to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in community settings. Our Plymouth will also recruit 10 volunteer sharers to ensure the produce reaches the city's foodbanks, soup runs, food deserts and families who need it most. To leverage the fresh produce, Our Plymouth will also recruit 10 cook volunteers to assist those families with preparing and cooking the food to create healthy and nutritious meals.

"Becoming a City of Service is vital, as volunteering is an integral part of our cooperative values and objectives."
Councillor Chris Penberthy

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