Origin has partnered with other energy companies to launch “Voices for Power”, a first of its kind energy-literacy program in Greater Sydney.
To help tackle some of the barriers currently being experienced by members of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities when trying to manage their energy needs, Origin has partnered with other energy companies to launch “Voices for Power”, a first of its kind energy literacy program for CALD communities across Greater Sydney.
Delivered by civil society coalition Sydney Alliance, the $200,000 pilot program is a cooperative effort between Origin, AGL, Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Jemena that’s expected to run from March to December 2021.
How does Voices for Power work?
Delivered in language, in culture and in community, the Voices for Power ‘Train the Trainer’ project will work with leaders from Filipino, Vietnamese, South Asian, Pacific Island and Maori, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Christian and Muslim cultural and religious communities across Sydney to help develop them into “energy experts”.
These community leaders will then be able to share their energy insights and tips with the members of their community while also advocating on their behalf for more affordable and renewable energy solutions.
Why are we doing this?
More than 1,160 community leaders have reported that many people are experiencing structural, technological, language and other barriers when it comes to understanding energy. As a result they struggle to make meaningful decisions.
“It’s incredibly important that all members of the community, regardless of what language they speak, have access to the information they need to be able to make informed decisions about their energy needs,” said Jan Prichard, General Manager, Customer Care at Origin.
“We’re proud to come together as an industry to help start these important community conversations and improve energy affordability and literacy for people across a range of different communities.”
Want to learn more?
If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Sydney Alliance Voices for Power website.
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