Community and Living

Draught Excluder Campaign

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A draught excluder campaign has been launched by the Warm & Well in North Yorkshire project. The campaign aims to encourage individuals and community groups to knit, sew and create draught excluders of any design. They will then be donated to people who are living in cold, draughty and inefficient homes to help ward off draughts and cold spots.

Overall ‘Warm and Well in North Yorkshire’ is focusing on winter health, energy efficiency, cold homes and emergency support and aims to raise awareness of the impact of cold homes on health. It is a partnership of over 20 organisations across the seven districts.

Fuel poverty affects over 26,000 households in North Yorkshire and is a contributing factor to an average of 431 excess winter deaths each year. Excess winter deaths are responsible for about 1 in 20 of all deaths per year and according to the Department of Health, across the UK 1 in 10 winter deaths are the result of fuel poverty.

Draught excluders can be great fun and help ward off some of the symptoms of cold homes – such as draughts and cold spots. For people who struggle to heat their homes, live in difficult to heat homes, or whose health may be suffering during the winter time, placed at an internal or external door, or even on a window ledge, draught excluders can make a valuable difference.

The campaign will aim to get draught excluders to those most at risk this winter as temperatures take a downturn, including over 75s or people with long term health conditions, those on benefits or low incomes, and families with young children. It will support people who live in rural areas where houses are often poorly-insulated and under-heated due to a high level of old building stock and higher energy prices.

Candice Dowson, who is project managing Warm and Well in North Yorkshire, said: “If you are part of a knitting, sewing or craft group, or you’re a dab hand with needle and thread then we’d love to hear from you!

“We are working with voluntary associations across North Yorkshire to knit as many draught excluders as we can, meaning we can keep homes just that little bit warmer this winter, which makes all the difference at this time of year.

“This could be a fun activity for clubs, groups and individuals and there are hundreds upon thousands of free patterns available online.

“The more draught excluders we knit, the more vulnerable homes we reach.”

If you are able to help with the draught excluder campaign, please contact Hazel Kirby on 01609 780458 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The website has an easy tutorial for ‘how to make an easy draught excluder’.

When ready to donate your draught excluders to the project, you can drop them off at your nearest drop off point.

Candice said: “A dedicated drop off centre in each of the 7 districts means we can receive your donations safely and you can be sure they go to a good home.”

For more information on how to support the Draught Excluder campaign, including safety considerations for those using a draught excluder, hen please download the following information:

pdfDraught Excluder Leaflet

pdfSafety Considerations for Draught Excluders

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