Make a difference, become a PEC Pal!

PEC Pals is a way for people in our community to support the work we do by getting more involved.

Have you ever wondered how to make a difference in your own community?
Are you looking for a way to use your skills, meet your ambitions and make new friends?

Then please join us. In the last 5 years, our services to tackle energy issues and cold homes have grown significantly. We’ve helped over 12,000 households and have installed 33 community-owned solar arrays. But we want to do so much more.

What does being a PEC Pal involve?

As a PEC Pal, you’ll develop skills to further your contribution to the local community. We will offer you a free, flexible training programme and on-going support to assist you to come up with a new project or get involved with an existing one.

Your project

Your project can be big or small. From taking up curtains for a new ‘curtains to cold’ project to giving time to take photos, talk to people in your neighbourhood or hold fundraising events at your organisation. You don’t need to come along with a project or relevant skills or experience in mind, we will also provide project ideas. We’ll help you find what’s right for you. We’ll also be in touch regularly to see how things are going and to offer support.

To take part, we ask that you attend all three core training sessions:

Session 1: Introductory session

You’ll be made to feel part of the PEC family, meeting staff and like-minded people to explore our work and the city’s challenges. You’ll discover where we came from and why we exist. We’ll help you to explore different project ideas, one that interests you and is aligned with our aims to make things better.

Session 2: An energy efficient home and fuel poverty awareness

We’ll equip you with knowledge about energy efficiency and fuel poverty. We’ll look at the scale of the problem, practical ways to reduce energy bills and cover some of the key advice that Plymouth residents need to hear.

Session 3: Community awareness, equality and diversity

We’ll give you the skills to understand and work within your community, covering community awareness and equality and diversity.

Following the first 3 sessions, you’ll be free to meet PEC Pals already working on ways to help. There is no minimum amount of time to give and PEC will provide support and training wherever you need it. We’ll catch up with you regularly to see how things are going and there will be a celebration event.

Refreshments will be provided.

The next programme will starts on Wednesday 13th February 2019, book your place now! Email

Session 1: Wednesday 13th February 2019, Plymouth Athenaeum, 1-5pm
Session 2: Wednesday 29th February 2019, Plymouth Athenaeum, 1-5pm
Session 3: Wednesday 13th March 2019, Ballard House, 1-5pm

Register your interest

If you would like further details or to register your interest as a PEC Pal, please call us on 01752 477177 and ask for Clare or Jake or email

A PEC Pal can be an existing member, a frontline worker, a community leader, a corporate business representative, a time-banker, a teacher, a student, a PEC service user, a retiree; anyone who shares our aims!

‘PEC Pals has made me love Plymouth more!’
‘Its gives people a purpose and a way to help’
‘…incredibly friendly and positive. There was no pressure at any event and felt I could participate at my own pace….had a great social vibe.’
(current PEC Pals)

Our PEC Pals programme has been made possible by funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities and European Regional Development Funding provided through the Interreg Europe Programme.

PEC Pals Home (for existing PEC Pals)