We are very pleased to have been part of the Warm and Well in North Yorkshire project this winter, working together with 30 other voluntary and public sector partners to make sure people are warm in their homes.
One of the key aspects of the project has been equipping frontline staff with information on fuel poverty, including how to identify residents in (or at risk of) fuel poverty and the schemes that are available to help. We have provided training to 171 members of staff from a range of organisations, including:
We have done home visits to 30 households to help with all things around energy bills, whether it is finding cheaper prices, applying for grants, clearing energy debts, improving the energy efficiency of the home or generally looking at ways to manage energy use. In particular we have:
We have also been able to provide 8 households with practical and financial support from our Hardship Fund, made possible thanks to Two Ridings Community Foundation's Surviving Winter appeal.
The Warm and Well project will run again next winter and will be open for referrals from 1st September 2016.