Fuel Poverty Action is a small, grassroots campaigning group that fight for climate action, an end to fuel poverty, and social justice. We use direct action, lobbying and community organising to achieve our campaign goals and often punch above our weight. Since 2011, FPA’s work has included lobbying and campaigning for affordable, renewable and democratically controlled energy, for insulation where as often it is left out or inadequate in housing, new or old, and against fracking, oil, and coal.
One of the major areas of our work at present relates to the crisis of Grenfell-style cladding: The SCIN Campaign, for Safe Cladding and Insulation Now.
Since January 2018, FPA have been working to win safety from fire, and from cold, for residents living with Grenfell-style cladding. In this time we’ve produced briefing documents for MPs; hosted a public meeting where an MP, a councillor, an architect and people affected by Grenfell fire spoke; organised a meeting between Grenfell survivors and people living in Manchester blocks that are still covered in Grenfell-style cladding; had media coverage; visited affected blocks, speaking to residents and feeding their stories into our campaigning; produced a short video where they speak out about their experience; and held a day of action, presenting to the government an Open Letter signed by 150 organisations, trade unions, MPs and councillors, and residents.
With winter approaching, towers that have had their cladding and insulation removed during the recladding process are going to be left totally exposed – both financially and physically. As some of these works are estimated to take up to two years, it’s residents who are going to left with huge energy bills and cold, damp homes. Cold, like fire, kills. FPA are preparing for a long winter of community organising, campaigning and protesting, for which we’ll need additional support.
This is a part-time role based in London (1 day a week on Thursday, for four hours working together with others). It is for six months (with possibility of extension). The pay is £60 per week. We hope the person appointed will want to take part in other FPA activities outside working hours, on a voluntary basis.
We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running and:
- Speak to MPs, trade unions and campaigning organisations – building a network round the issue.
- Organise events, from conferences to direct actions
- Fundraise, exploring grant and crowdfunding options
- Work with residents in affected buildings to win the protection they need from both fire and cold, from their Housing Association and local authority.
- Liaise with leaseholders fighting for their right to a safe building without having to pay tens of thousands of pounds to remedy a problem not of their making.
- Keep abreast of issues related to flammable cladding
- Update our social media (both Facebook and Twitter)
- Research, write and edit internal documents, as well as blogs, articles and briefings.
- Perform basic administrative tasks (e.g. organising contacts lists etc.)
Experience and Skills (university degree is not required):
- A strong commitment to social justice and fighting climate change
- Experience of grassroots organising
- Research and writing experience (doesn’t need to be degree level or professional, can be a personal blog, just need to have evidence of your abilities!)
- IT skills (Microsoft Excel, Word, Gmail, Google Docs, Mailchimp etc.)
- Social media skills and experience
- Experience of organising events
We are small, but always make scant resources go a long way. We offer an exciting opportunity for someone to develop skills in grassroots campaigning, working alongside others with a wide range of experience.
Sam Hayward a worker at FPA says: “Before working at FPA I knew very little about campaigning and thought I wanted to work in research! After 1 year of working at FPA, I know that I want to carry on campaigning at the grassroots level. It’s been a whirlwind experience and is a crash course in campaigning.”
Please use the subject line “CAMPAIGNS INTERN” and send your CV, two references, and a cover letter to: [email protected] by 28th November.