The Bulgarian training strategy for the project first summer:

In Bulgaria, the two partners Association CSEG and Municipality of Peshtera were both involved in the training activities, organizing these in the two municipalities, Pazardzhik (CSEG), and Peshtera. In the first year (2022), the total number of SEPAs trained within Cooltorise is 61 (30 in Pazardzhik, and 31 in Peshtera), and 20 of them are coordinators, while 41 are volunteers. The training course was organized physically in both locations.

The SEPAs volunteer training course is composed of 6 modules: 1) COOLTORISE – general presentation and main objectives 2) Energy poverty; 3) The role of volunteers within the COOLTORISE project; 4) Energy Plans; 5) Communication skills, GDPR and privacy; and 6) Recap – practical information on upcoming activities.

In Pazardzhik, Association CSEG, and in Peshtera MOP, approached parents of students from high schools. First contact was done in high schools, where under the supervision of teachers and with the permission of high school directors, experts from CSEG and MOP attended “Class teachers’ lessons”, raising awareness on the project and summer energy poverty and proposing a set of activities to engage and train students’ parents as volunteers. Due to this campaign, Bulgarian partners had about 100 subscribers to the Cooltorise SEPA training course, and later on achieved to train 61 of them.

In Peshtera, part of the trained 31 SEPAs are employees of the municipality, who are involved in social services works, and employees who are working in the “Administrative services” department, which provides everyday public services to citizens. Officers from thee departments are constantly in contact with citizens of Peshtera, especially vulnerable ones, and could initiate interaction with target families in a more friendly and trustworthy manner.

The training campaign will continue also in 2023 in order to prepare a higher number of SEPAs in Bulgaria, who will be involved in summer energy actions during the ’23 summer period.