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Big Energy Saving Week – Monday 21st January 2019

This is an opportunity for people to check, switch and save on their energy bills.  MEC are hosing an event at Central Library to help residents save money on their energy bills.

Residents can drop in to Central Library on Wednesday 23rd January between 9.30am to 3pm.  Don’t forget to bring your latest energy bill along with you to allow us to check to see if you could save money.

Our advisors will ensure you are getting all the help you are entitled to including application for the Warm Homes Discount and the Priority Services Register which can provide additional support to a wide range of people.  We can also check eligibility for boiler repairs/replacement and insulation grants as well as make onward referrals for benefit checks and wider debt advice.

Big Energy Saving Week runs between 21st and 27th January 2019.  It is national campaign to help people cut their energy bills.  The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to save money on energy costs by switching energy supplier or tariff, accessing discounts or grants, and making homes more energy efficient.



Every year countless pieces of crisp packets end up in landfill sites across the UK and in our Oceans.  We are working with TerraCycle* to put an end to the enormous loss of resources.

The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme allows us to recycle your crisp packets and prevent them from ending up in landfill and the ocean.

Not only are you helping the environment, but the waste you recycle with us also helps to fund schools or organisations.










Learn more at


New training centre providing opportunities for young people in Middlesbrough

A training initiative in Middlesbrough is providing opportunities for young people to learn new skills to help them into employment.

Based at the Jellystone Park training centre in Grove Hill, the training centre run by Middlesbrough Environment City has been supported by funding from Thirteen in partnership with Travis Perkins Managed Services.

Training will provide practical hands-on activities supported by the development of key skills including horticultural activities, healthy cooking using on-site ingredients, cycle maintenance skills to an accredited standard and support to improve literacy and numeracy.

The courses are run for two days a week, over six weeks with a maximum number of six participants per course and will benefit young people, particularly those who are currently unemployed or not in training.

David Scriven, horticulture project and training co-ordinator for Middlesbrough Environment City said: “Training courses such as these allow us to improve the life skills of young people who may not have the opportunity to enter formal further education after they have left school. We hope it will improve their chances of getting a job or encourage them to look for more courses that they may enjoy.”

Susan Borrow, Thirteen’s employability manager said: “Thirteen is committed to helping people get the most out of their lives by supporting them to develop their skills and helping them to find employment. Initiatives like this are vital to help people find work, gain new skills and build confidence so they can achieve their ambitions.”

Maggie Devine, social value manager Travis Perkins Managed Services added: “Travis Perkins Managed Services supply chain and procurement solutions are driven by the needs and priorities of our customers. Thirteen’s commitment and initiative to improve lives through skills development and employment opportunities is a priority we are delighted to support through our social value fund.”

Eat Well For Less? – Households Wanted

Producers from hit BBC One prime time series Eat Well For Less? are looking for families/households who would like to eat well and save some money on their weekly shop.

The show follows Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace and award winning greengrocer Chris Bavin on a mission to prove that it is possible for families and household to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition.

They hope by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food.

Get in touch to apply or find out more!  Call 0117 970 7670 or email:


Twitter: @EatWellForLess


FREE Guided Bike Rides

7 Week Plan Starting Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 2018

Each ride is led by an experienced leader with maintenance skills to help keep the ride moving.

For more details of rides and to book, call MEC on 01642 219620 or go to

Action on Advertising

Action on Advertising          Increasingly, there are more fast food and confectionery adverts on bus stops, billboards and telephone boxes next to schools, which clearly indicates that brands and local stores are simply flouting the rules, hoping no-one will bother to complain, sand safe in the knowledge there are no meaningful sanctions for non-compliance anyway.  However, the more complaints the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) receive, the more chance certain adverts will be requested to be removed, and then in turn we hope this will result in a tighter legislative framework to restrict junk food and HFSS (High Fat Salt Sugar) marketing.

There are rules in place to prevent advertising junk food within 100m of a venue with 25% child audience.  Just to show you that this can make a difference, here’s one we prepared earlier!  This complaint is about a KFC advert outside a school was submitted and was upheld by the ASA, with KFC getting negative press coverage and being told to remove the offending adverts.  So please do keep sending through examples, it all helps make a difference.

HFSS adverts within 100m of a school     We would also like to see a few more examples of HFSS advertising within 100m of a school so we intend to leave this call ‘open’ for another couple of weeks.  However, we now have some further information about the 100m rule:     “The 100m guideline tends to be applied as the distance between the ad and the entrance to the primary school (gates), or children’s centre.  It is however only a proxy guideline adopted by the industry itself for the likely level of child exposure to the advertisement, rather than a hard and fast regulation.  E.g. an advertisement on a bus stop 120m from school gates, if it’s still the nearest bus stop, might still be found to be likely in breach, and it would be good to have a few examples that test the 100m guideline or demonstrate it is inadequate.”

Please submit any information using the following link:

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Christmas has come early at Middlesbrough Shopmobility with three new electric scooters for people with mobility problems to hire.

Middlesbrough Shopmobility in partnership with Middlesbrough Environment City has purchased three new electric scooters to meet demand.

From only £1 per hour to hire a scooter why not come down and start your Christmas shopping.

We are open from 8:00am through to 6:00pm weekdays and 9:00am to 5:00pm on a saturday.

If you h ave mobility problems getting around town for your shopping why not pop into Shopmobility at Unit 4 Middlesbrough Bus Station and try one of the new scooters.

For more information please telephone 01642 219620.

Kelly Mckie receives her award from Tom Ashford, from HSBC UK.

Kelly is employed by Middlesbrough Environment City through the Prices Trust Talent Match programme on a Local Environment Services apprenticeship.  Kelly has progressed very well on her apprenticeship and is due to complete her course in December.

Please see Kelly’s story below:-

Kelly, now 24, was in and out of the care system from the age of two.

“Experiences in my childhood destroyed my confidence.  I’d get angry and aggressive at school for no reason and when people tried to help, I got scared they’d hurt me, and I rebelled.”

She tried to go to college but it was too much and she left early.

“I got depressed and started drinking and taking drugs as a way of coping.  Then my dad died and that’s when I hit self-destruct.  Suicide seemed my only way out.”

When Kelly’s stepmother realised the gravity of her situation, she asked her to move in with her and helped her get clean.

Kelly was then referred to Talent Match and went on to complete Team, a 12-week Prince’s Trust programme that builds sills and confidence so young people are better equipped to secure work.

She also flourished on the “Get Started with Health and Fitness” programme and joined the Youth Panel, which helps make decisions about young people’s pathways.

She said “I’ve learned so much about myself and what I’ve got to give because of The Prince’s Trust.”

“If it wasn’t for them, I’d be dead in a gutter.  They have picked me up so many times.  Thanks to them I’ve finally got a job at Middlesbrough Environment City and a life I enjoy and feel in control of.”