Community engagement is a fundamental building block for community projects. Whether it is buying shares, giving up free time to volunteer or supporting a planning application, buy-in from citizens is key to success. However, understanding the importance of citizen engagement in principle is the easy bit; knowing what to do in practice can be more difficult.

This website is designed to help individuals and community groups build in citizen engagement as they initiate, plan and deliver projects with sustainable use of energy and resources at their heart. It does this by providing detailed ideas, tips and real life case study examples for everything from recruiting an initial core group and holding the first event, to integrating community participation into decision-making processes, developing effective communication channels and maintaining interest and enthusiasm over the long term.

Click on the categories below to get started or visit the How To Use page for more information.

Building citizen engagement into your project concept, planning and delivery.
Recruiting your group and ensuring it is an engaging force in the community.
Funding your project from the community and external sources.
Marketing your project online, in print, face-to-face and via the press.
Engaging the community through different types of events.
Running meetings for your core group, volunteers and the public.
Establishing a baseline and evaluating the success of projects and events.