Our work with communities
Community involvement is important at all stages of our projects. During the development phase it is a chance for communities to get involved with the design of the project, to understand the proposed infrastructure and to influence it before a final proposal is put forward.
During construction we often offer communities the chance to get involved by visiting the site, getting involved with bespoke projects, or even working on the main project if they have the appropriate skills and experience.
Once in operation, our work continues through community funding, longer term initiatives, school visits, education programmes and supporting community initiatives.
International Women's Day 2019
On Friday 8th March, we celebrated International Women's Day at a special Norfolk Chamber of Commerce breakfast followed by a Vattenfall-led workshop with female students from Lynn Grove Academy, Nicholas Hammond Academy and University Technical College Norfolk.
Norwich Science Festival
In October 2018, we attended the Norwich Science Festival with support from Rebecca and Tommy, two of the internship students hosted by Vattenfall in the summer. They both have great enthusiasm for wind energy and the role of renewables in tackling challenges presented by climate change.
EEEGR's Offshore Wind Week
Norfolk students and Vattenfall interns Rebecca Humphrey and Tommy Mullins delivered presentation their internships before a wind industry audience at EEEGR's Offshore Wind Week event in November 2018.
Supply Chain Workshop - December 2018
On 5th December 2018 we were delighted to host local agencies, Tier 1 companies and SMEs for a supply chain workshop at The Nest venue in Horsford. Around 50 participants came together to hear from Vattenfall about onshore works required to deliver the proposed Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm projects, and to explore their role in delivering these next-generation, clean energy projects. Presentations were also delivered by Tier 1 companies, by Norfolk County Council, The Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia LEP and EEGR.
Colby School Green Energy Outreach Programme
In 2018 Vattenfall became sponsors of Colby School's Energy Outreach Programme, an educational initiative for primary age children to explore renewables through hands-on activities, and forming part of the school's award-winning Eco Hub project. With funding for equipment and support from Vattenfall, Colby School pupils developed a workshop which they later went on to deliver to other schools in the surrounding area.
Vattenfall supports Happisburgh Time and Tide Bell project
The passion of residents and visitors for the beach and coastline has been notable from our earliest visits to Happisburgh in 2016 to consult on our plans for the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm projects. This passion, for some, is all the more poignant because of the sea’s erosive action on the cliffs, particularly during storms.
When our Norfolk project team met Happisburgh Time & Tide Bell Group, they told us of their plans to use an art installation to draw further contemplation of the coastline’s perpetual embattlement with the sea over the area’s long history of human habitation.
The Time and Tide Bell sound sculpture is a unique concept and once installed on the beach in the ‘surf line’, waves will stimulate the hanging clapper and produce a gentle musical ringing sound from the bell, twice in every 24 hour period during high tide.
The latest Hearing Your Views IV, being carried out for Norfolk Boreas Wind Farm in November and December 2018 is published. The report provides the high-level statistics from the consultation, the feedback received and a summary of the key issues raised.
Skills for Energy 2018
Local Liaison Officer for the Norfolk projects, Sue Falch-Lovesey, recently attended EEEGR's popular Skills for Energy event at the Great Yarmouth Campus of East Coast College.
Attended by over 400 students from 12 schools and colleges across Norfolk, the event aims to feed the increasing appetite among young people to explore and access the full range of training and career opportunities in the energy industry.
Gemma Head, manager of the Skills for Energy Programme at EEEGR, said: “What this event demonstrates is the strong partnership between industry and education, sending a united message about opportunities and how young people can access them. Bringing young people to talk to employers face-to-face is the best way for information to be conveyed to them and for relationships to be built. The interest of the students has been phenomenal. You can see their eyes light up when they hear about the diverse range of careers offered by the industry.”
East Coast Internship with The Ogden Trust
With the East Coast Internship programme now in its third year, Vattenfall were delighted to work with The Ogden Trust in summer of 2018 to support placements for four students in the break between Year 12 and Year 13. A collaborative approach to hosting with Nexus in Great Yarmouth gave students an introduction to the wind energy industry and also insight into engineering related disciplines.
Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards
We were proud to be involved with Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards for the second year running, this time sponsoring the Eco Hero Award. Three impressive candidates with superb eco credentials have were shortlisted as finalists: Amy Shaw, Matt Willer and Nadia Sparkes, with the award going to Matt after online public voting. It was great to make connections with some of Norfolk's most inspiring individuals, businesses and organisations. Thank you for inspiring us all to live climate smarter lives.