Identifying barriers to involvement

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Low Carbon West Oxford has carried out consultations and distributed questionnaires to reveal barriers to participation in their projects. This research revealed time and cost barriers experienced by many members of the community. In order to overcome these barriers, the group developed small grant schemes for households to install carbon saving measures and to purchase childcare to allow them to attend workshops. They also developed more flexible opportunities to enable greater involvement of time-pressed individuals, for example through offering one-off opportunities and home visits. Surveys of participating households revealed a wide range of motivations for getting involved, which was used to tailor messages and communications for different groups.

Source: Low Carbon West Oxford and West Oxford Community Renewables (2010), Low Carbon Living: Power to make it possible