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Charity Trustee

About.  MEA - is a Shrewsbury-based charity (www.mea.org.uk) and one of the leading local ‘not for profit’ organisations in the UK fighting fuel poverty and encouraging sustainable energy solutions in homes, communities and organisations. We have practical and regional delivery experience totalling over 2 decades. MEA’s vision is for: 

  1. Vulnerable householders being supported to live with dignity at home, where cold doesn’t affect physical and mental health, and energy bills aren’t a worry. 
  2. Well-informed householders making their homes more energy efficient, warmer & cheaper to run, producing significantly less carbon & generating their own power. 
  3. Encouraging communities to work together to share knowledge and learning to create more vibrant and resilient places. 
  4. Trusted local companies able to install energy saving and generating measures that work, thereby helping to retain money in our local economies. 
  5. Climate change will impact most on the vulnerable. We want to see a more significant leadership role from Local Authorities, preventative health organisations, faith networks, businesses, colleges and NGOs, able to influence, train and inspire in our shift to a low carbon society.

MEA has a strong track record of operating energy advice and support services in the Midlands, and is currently delivering 6 successful Local Authority level in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. In 2018-19 MEA: 

  • Worked with 3,500 fuel poor households, of whom over 40% reported a health condition;
  • Undertook over 360 home visits for vulnerable households;
  • Delivered 110 training events and workshops to upskill over 450 frontline professionals;
  • Installed, or arranged instalment with partners, of over 1650 measures worth nearly £435,000, saving residents over £0.7million on their fuel bills.

One client said of our work ....

‘Words cannot express my gratitude for your kind donation of a grant towards a new boiler.  This has enabled me to come alive again, and move freely around my home’

Mrs W – is a widow on pension credit who has had a stroke, heart attack and arthritis of the spine. Marches Energy Agency secured £4250 for a fully funded new oil boiler for her.  

In addition we also work with a wide range of partners including Local Authorities, energy companies, Housing Associations and the local voluntary sector to access capital funding and other support. We are good at this and offer the best independent fuel poverty service in our area. This was highlighted last year when one staff member received a national award at the Houses of Parliament for her work on fuel poverty. 

The trustee role This volunteer Board position would suit you best if you have a personal and/ or professional interest in supporting vulnerable local people at home and/ or a wider environmental interest. Your role would be to advise the Board on a broad range of financial matters pertaining to a small charity. There is a book keeper who does the day to day financies and an independent auditor who undertakes our Independent Examination and End of Year Accounts. If you would like to support our work, the commitment would be for half a day once a quarter for a Board meeting at our Shrewsbury office. In addition to this there may also be occasional project work or requests to respond by email to issues as they arise, although these are not definite commitments. As a volunteer we wouldn’t pay for your time, but we will cover any reasonably incurred expenses. As a Board member your liability is limited to a maximum of £10 should the charity be wound up, although we have no plans to do that.