Warm and Well
Warm and Well in North Yorkshire
This is a new partnership of charities and organisations across the 7 districts of North Yorkshire working to tackle and alleviate levels of fuel poverty. It is funded by the British Gas Energy Trust.
New data has shown that fuel poverty in England and Wales is the worst that it has been since the turn of the century. It is now more important than ever before that we face this challenge head-on and bring support to the people who need it most.
Am I eligible for help under Warm & Well?
You may live in a cold home, struggle to keep yourself warm or pay your energy bills, or perhaps fall ill frequently from the effects of being always cold. You may have small children who often have coughs and colds, and you may find yourself feeling low or depressed because your home is difficult to keep warm. If any of this sounds familiar, we may be able to assist.
Support is aimed at those on low incomes, benefits, families with small children, people with disabilities and long-term health conditions, and vulnerable older people. The project will also aim to support rural homes, which are often poorly-insulated and off the mains gas grid. Make a referral by visiting the official website and referral platform here
If you are not sure or think that you may be eligible, please get in touch to find out what support could be available for you. Call Rural Action Yorkshire, the lead partner who is managing this project, on 01904 704177 and they will take it from there.
What help is available for me?
A wide range of support, initiatives, and resources under the Warm & Well project is available. This includes:
- practical and financial help to stay warm
- home visits to look at how your home can be kept warm and to make minor repairs
- talks and information sessions to clubs, groups, and communities to look at useful ways that you can keep warm, well and safe
- grants to community groups or parish councils to set up winter weather schemes, such as snow wardens
- a hardship fund for those most in need
- training and awareness for frontline workers and organisations, such as nurses, care teams etc, in subjects such as identifying fuel poverty, applying to grants and trust funds for discounts and financial aid, and energy efficiency
- campaigns, resources and top tips providing guidance and advice on a range of winter issues
Please contact Rural Action Yorkshire to talk through your own needs and how local partners may be able to help.
A draught excluder campaign has also been launched by the Warm & Well in North Yorkshire project. To find out more, please click here.
Who else is involved in Warm & Well?
A variety of other organisations are involved in order to reach as many cold homes as possible this winter, and also in winter 2016. These include: your local CVS, Age UK, Citizens Advice, your local council, care associations, emergency services, GPs and health professionals, churches, children's centres, parish councils, and communities as a whole.
If your organisation would like to be involved, please contact Candice, the project manager, on 0845 313 0270 to discuss how Rural Action Yorkshire collaborate to bring warmth and wellness to more homes and people across North Yorkshire.
Promotion and Publicity
If you can help to promote this project in any way or would like some further information on the project, then please download the following promotion material: