In Madrid, during the first weeks of February, Summer Energy Poverty Agents recruitment sessions were held at the premises of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, as well as at the Universidad San Pablo CEU and at the company Schneider Electric. A total of 41 people showed interest in the project and registered for the trainings.
Then, in the middle of February, 24 people attended the training sessions on communication skills, energy culture, energy bills, CoolKids workshops, outdoor interventions and a mapping workshop. In this first cycle, which was held over 4 days, a total of 13 people completed the training and the rest will be able to continue with the second cycle, which will be carried out in a hybrid face-to-face and online format at the end of March.
In Barcelona, the focus was on SEPA’s recruitment process. Using social media channels (including Instagram Reels, tweets and posts on platforms such as Linkedin & Facebook) but also reaching out to students at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), we opened the call for new SEPAs to join the Cooltorise project and help households in vulnerable situations cope with summer energy poverty.
On one hand, ABD renewed the agreement with Barcelona University (UB) and welcomed a student from Social Work as a volunteer. She has been preparing the materials for Coolkids, creating games and activities aimed at raising awareness about the use of energy among children and youngsters.
On the other hand, on February 17th, Ecoserveis did a presentation for the ApS (Learning and services) students from the Environment sciences study field at the UB. They introduced the Cooltorise project as well as its goals and activities and invited all the students interested to volunteer with Cooltorse.
On February 27th there was a presentation of the Cooltorise project at the 11th meeting of the driving group of the Metropolitan Network of Climate Shelters, with the participation of different municipalities of the metropolitan area. It was a good opportunity to also promote the workshops of the program.
Finally, on the last day of February, the 2023 SEPAs training started with 5 attendants. It was the first session of the programme (that includes three) and it was held at the ABD headquarters in Barcelona. The session introduced the topic of energy poverty and the goals of the Cooltorise project to the attendees and explained the roles of volunteers within the Cooltorise activities. Especifically, the trainers explained the electric market characteristics and also the theoretical part related to bills (concepts, numbers related and so on). There will be two more sessions of the training in March.