Most of us at some point will have lived in a cold home and knows what it feels like, it is miserable and can impact our physical health and mental well-being. Poorly maintained heating systems and older, non-insulated homes can also pose potential health risks from carbon monoxide poisoning and damp and mould.
Thanks to funding from the Northern Gas Networks Community Promises Fund, we will be able to run a brand new initiative in Bradford that focuses on 'Heating for Health'.
We will be providing advice and information on ways to mitigate the risks associated with cold homes or poorly maintained heating systems, and we will be helping residents to access schemes that can help make homes warmer and ensure safety and well-being over the winter.
Amongst the advice on offer will be ways to reduce damp and condensation and the dangers, signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. We also want to help to ensure that people are accessing grant schemes to help them with extra heat over the winter, that vulnerable residents are on the Priority Services Registers with their energy suppliers, that homes are insulated wherever possible and that people aren't paying more than they need to for their energy.
How to get involved?
We will be offering the following in the Bradford District:
1) Training sessions for frontline staff
Providing training sessions to frontline staff is crucial in terms of cascading information as far afield as possible and reaching the residents most at risk. These staff will already be supporting vulnerable residents in their homes.
2) Community outreach information events
These events will enable residents to access advice directly.
If you would like to organise a staff training session or outreach event please contact Kate on 07738 818391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Northern Gas Networks
Northern Gas Networks own all the gas mains in the North East, most of Yorkshire and northern Cumbria transporting gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses. The network consists of 37,000km of gas mains, enough to stretch from Leeds to Sydney, Australia and back. For more information visit www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk