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The workshop guides and supplementary guide found on this page relate the core elements that facilitators need to know, in order to decide on the activities they use and their approach to facilitating CLEP workshops. 

Rather than being intended as blueprints for the delivery of the CLEP process, they are provided as examples, based on learning from the workshops delivered as part of the Oldham Energy Futures process. Delivery teams should draw inspiration from the guides in order to develop their own session plans and activities.

We recommend that design begin at the same time as neighbourhood group recruitment. Aligning these two processes will help to ensure the group stays “warm” and the workshop programme can start promptly. 

Oldham Energy Futures factored in breaks of two weeks to a month between workshops to provide the team with enough time to finesse the workshop design, create and gather relevant resources and connect with experts for the next workshop.

Westwood residents share their reflections on workshop findings.

Moving through this process, facilitators should be as flexible and responsive to the group as possible. It will be necessary to have, alongside the two core facilitators, an expert who can support the delivery of each workshop, which focus on four energy themes.

The group members’ experience and understanding of the neighbourhood must be placed at the centre of the workshops and the resulting Community-Led Energy Action Plan.

Following the workshops, the group should:

  • understand the value of their local knowledge and how it relates to energy transition;
  • be aware of the changes needed in their neighbourhood in relation to climate change and the energy transition and what this will mean for themselves and others socially, economically and environmentally;
  • be conscious of how other communities are taking action to deliver a just local energy transition;
  • be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of the energy transition to make informed recommendations about the changes they would like to see in their neighbourhood;
  • be in a position to develop one or two ideas for community-owned or -led actions which can enable local energy transition. This can be supported by the community action projects approach in amplify

What did you enjoy most about taking part in the workshops? 

“The practical side of the workshops which aimed to actively encourage individual and group participation. The workshops and presentations were also engaging and provided thought for discussion and debate.”

Westwood group member