Become a local energy saving champion with help from a Retrofit Coach

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The Energise Manchester programme is offering a limited number of South Manchester residents (in the Whalley Range, Moss Side, Rusholme, Longsight and Levenshulme wards) advice from a Retrofit Coach and free professional consultancy support, to help them get their heads around energy efficiency and plan retrofit improvements for their homes.

If you’re someone who already has a basic understanding of retrofit, is keen to develop a plan for your home and has the means to take things forward, you can speak to a Retrofit Coach who can help you gain a better understanding of your needs and priorities and in turn signpost you to practical support and advice. 

Over the course of a few months, you’ll have a better idea of how a home renovation could benefit you, what’s involved in a retrofit and where to go next. The support from the retrofit coach is fully funded under the Energise Manchester program, you’ll gain new skills and knowledge and connect with others in your area on the same journey. We’ll support you to share your story with friends, family and neighbours to inspire others to follow your lead. 

The level of support will vary to meet your needs, and could range from a 20 minute chat with our Retrofit Coach up to a few hours of online workshops or a half day home visit, it’s flexible to meet your project. 

The support is part of Energise Manchester, a two year, government-funded programme piloting new approaches to energy advice and coordinated by community energy organisation Carbon Co-op working with People Powered Retrofit. NB only residents in the Whalley Range, Moss Side, Rusholme, Longsight and Levenshulme wards of Manchester City Council can apply. This programme is suitable if you can make changes to your home – so for example if you’re an owner occupier or if you’re a resident in a cooperative with decision making power.

There’s no deadline, but responses will be assessed on a first come first served basis. To express your interest, click here:

Attend a Beginners’ Guide to Retrofit

Join us for a hands-on, in person training session on Retrofit and Heat Camera basics – perfect householders interested in retrofit.
Thu, 9 May 2024 18:00 – 19:30; St. Margaret’s Church, Rufford Road Whalley Range M16 8AE. Book here:

Join us at St. Margaret’s Church, Whalley Range for an in-person event where you’ll learn all about the basics of retrofitting and using heat cameras (cameras that help you visualise heat).

We will help you establish a basic understanding of eco-renovation and how you might go about planning to make your home more warm, comfortable and that little bit greener whilst reducing bills.

We’ll discuss both DIY and conrtractor-led approaches, but this is very much a starting point for retrofit rather than an in depth discussion of the technical aspects but we will be introducing a new support programme with follow on training and assistance.

We’ll end the session with a hands-on, heat camera excercise . Spotting gaps, draughts and sources of heat loss in the cafe building.
Suitable for people thinking about or actively planning retrofit improvements.

Less suitable for social housing tenants who are reliant on their housing provider to make these changes.

Please note: this session is a repeat of the recent Beginners Guide session at Levenshulme Station South.

This event is part of Energise Manchester , a 2 year programme of advice, support and assistance delivered by Carbon Co-op in partnership with People Powered Retrofit , to help people in South Manchester plan and carry out energy improvements to their homes.

Energise Manchester is part of the Local Energy Advice Demonstrator programme, funded by the UK Government Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.