By christabelwatts - posted on December 16, 2016

Local Charities Day 2016

Friday 16th December 2016 is the first Local Charities Day; created to celebrate small, local charities and community groups, help them thrive and demonstrate the great work they do in their areas. As a small local charity ourselves we wanted to mention some of the work we do and then highlight some of the amazing local charities we work with.

We are the Environment Centre, commonly known as tEC. We’ve been working in the promotion and practice of environmental sustainability for 23 years today! We are involved in a variety of projects in Southampton and Hampshire, with a particular focus on helping individuals and communities reduce their energy usage, save money on their bills, stay warm and well, and alleviate fuel poverty. There are 12 of us in the team, with most of out and about each day doing home visits, running advice drop-ins and delivering talks and training. Have a look around our website for more information on the projects we run and advice we offer.

Video screen shot_tEC team

Team photo (L-R): Laura, Jo, Ariadni, Zaki, Adam, Christabel, Helen, Steven, Becky. Not in photo: Alison, Sheryll, Luke. Photo credit: Robert Hull.


We are lucky to partner with some incredible charities in Southampton:

  • Citizens Advice Southampton – Provide free, confidential & independent advice. The advice available helps people to resolve their debts, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.
  • SCRATCH (Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship) – Provide services which relieve the effects of hardship, disadvantage and poverty for individuals and families living in Southampton and the surrounding area. These services include furniture and household items, Christmas gifts for children, redistributing surplus food, paint donations and welfare advice and support.
  • SCM (Southampton City Mission) – They run Basics Banks in Southampton providing emergency food and clothing to those in need, as well as delivering schools work across the city.
  • Alder Trust – Provide consultancy, research, project delivery support, and networking events; promoting the work of others alongside developing and leading their own services.
  • SSJ Handy Person+ – Provides a trusted maintenance and repair service for older people and other vulnerable people living in the city in their own privately owned/rented accommodation. This service enables people to stay living independently in their own homes and reduces the stress and anxiety that maintenance issues can often cause.


We work with some excellent organisations in Hampshire:

  • WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change) – Works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district, creating lower energy bills, healthier lifestyles and stronger communities.
  • HIWCF (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation) – An independent charitable foundation that connects donors to the local causes and charities they care about.
  • Citizens Advice Hampshire – Support the independent Citizens Advice Bureaux in Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, by identifying and developing options for improving services across the county.
  • Blue Lamp Trust – Promote and enhance community safety in Hampshire, through the Bobby Scheme, funding bids to reduce crime, the fear of crime and the risk of fire in the county and the Driver Education and Training facility.


If you need further advice and information in Southampton, see the Advice Southampton website and the Advice Southampton partners:

  • Age UK Southampton – Support independence and wellbeing and improve the quality of life for older people living in Southampton. Provide Information and advice for older people, volunteering opportunities, befriending, health and wellbeing programme, gardening service and computer classes.
  • Citizens Advice Southampton – As above.
  • CLEAR – Aim to improve the quality of life for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Southampton, providing free advice and supporting people in accessing local services to which they are entitled. They believe in empowerment through education, and in practical action to support established and developing refugee communities.
  • EU Welcome – Help arrivals to Southampton from the new A8 countries of the EU. Provide advice, signposting and support. Also organise and assist with cultural and social events to help with integration of those new communities with other established communities in Southampton.
  • No Limits – Offer free and confidential information, advice, counselling, support and advocacy for children and young people under 26 who live in Southampton and Hampshire. All services are confidential and free to young people.
  • SARC (Southampton Advice & Representation Centre) – Specialise in welfare benefits law and employment law, offering a wide variety of support on these issues to residents of Southampton and Eastleigh. SARC is a registered charity with a Community Legal Services Quality Mark.
  • SVS (Southampton Voluntary Services) – SVS is the umbrella body for local voluntary and community groups working in Southampton, proving them with independent support and a voice. They offer advice and guidance to both individuals and organisations, including information on funding, charity law, working with committees, volunteers, publicity and many other aspects of voluntary or community work.