06-07-2017 by 
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The final stage of our Awards for All project was to hold an energy event where organisations, community volunteers and Councillors could get together to find out more about our new services, project ideas and how they could help residents to access them.

In the Selby District you can find Drax Power Station, the first power station in the country to burn biomass fuel, so where better to hold our event than there - they are producing electricity and we are trying to help people to save it.

All 25 places had been booked 10 days in advance and we all met at the power station on 30th June for a very informative morning. We started off running a workshop in the education centre during which we shared a range of information on our services and sought invaluable input from attendees as to how we could best reach vulnerable residents. New contacts were made and new project ideas formulated.

After that we set off on a tour of Drax to learn about how electricity is generated, led by our very knowledgeable tour guides Lee and Beth. Starting in the visitors centre we familiarised ourselves with the site through a scale model of the power station, with Lee making sure that our two visually impaired attendees did not miss out on any of the detail. We then donned our hi-vis jackets, hard hats and safety specs and squeezed onto the visitor bus to stop off at the biomass domes, cooling towers and an inside look at the turbine hall.

It was then back to the visitors centre for our buffet lunch.

All in all it was a very enjoyable day, thanks to everyone who came along and to Drax Power for hosting us!