Energising Communities

Energising Communities provides energy saving advice and support through Groundwork’s Green Doctors.

Green Doctors are energy efficiency experts that have already helped thousands of people like you. They can make a real difference to the warmth of your home – and to the amount you pay for your energy.

About Groundwork

Groundwork is a federation of charities working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. We’re passionate about the environment and helping communities to be happy, healthy and to prosper.

We’re on your side

We started the Green Doctor service because we hate waste, especially when it costs people money. Making your home cheaper to heat and reducing the amount of electricity or gas you use makes sense for you, the planet and your bills.

For more information about us visit the Groundwork website.

Charity registration number: 291558

COVID-19 Response

We typically visit people in their homes to provide bespoke advice, but are now offering phone consultations to ensure we can still provide help despite limitations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Who we can help

Who we can support through Energising Communties?

Generally speaking, we can support people who fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

Low income | Living with debt | Physical or mental health issues | Dementia | Disabled | In emergency accommodation | Poor housing conditions | In receipt of benefits

Where we work

Our Energising Communities teams can currently support people if they live in:

Blackpool, Barnsley, Burnley, Kirklees, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rochdale, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland

Note: In addition to Energising Communities, Groundwork’s Green Doctors are supporting people across the UK through other schemes. If you are in an area not listed above, please visit the Green Doctor section of the main Groundwork website to see if other Green Doctor projects can help instead.

Other Green Doctor Support

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“It’s hard financially when it’s the winter months. Having small children as well, it’s important to keep warm. The Green Doctors came and showed me how to save energy, apply for grants and put reflective panels behind the radiators, which helped a lot.”

Clare, resident supported by a Green Doctor visit

I don’t match the support criteria / don’t live in one of the areas listed above. Can you still help me?

Yes! Our Green Doctors have created a series of guides and tips online that you can use to help you take control of your energy bills and stay warm and well.
Green Doctor guides

Information for organisations

Make a referral

Are you working with vulnerable person that meets the eligibility criteria for Energising Communities support in an area where it is available? Make a referral to get them the support they need.

Partner with us

Groundwork was founded on the principle of partnership working. We are already working with local authorities, housing associations and others to support their residents to be stay safe, warm and well.

Support our work

Forward thinking businesses and organisations are already supporting our Green Doctors. Ensure more people stay warm, safe and well by joining them in funding Green Doctors.

Our Impact

In 2018/19 our Green Doctors made thousands of home visits and helped residents to save millions on their utility bills and cut household carbon emissions.


visits by Green Doctors

£5 million

in utility bill savings


million KG of domestic CO2 emissions saved