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Care and Repair Leeds is today celebrating the success of its Warm Homes project which has helped over 1,551 of the city’s most vulnerable people. Over the past two years the charity has provided vital assistance to local people who are elderly, disabled or living with mental health issues.

With decades of experience working with the local community, Care and Repair Leeds recognised how important warm homes are to health, in particular to people with heart and respiratory conditions. In March 2012, thanks to £50,000 funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they were able to start offering specialised energy support to local people through the Care and Repair Leeds Warm Homes project. 

The service offers each resident tailored energy advice and installs the required interventions to help keep their home warm and their bills low. As well as equipping homes with simple measures like draught proofing and reflective radiator panels, the project also co-ordinates more substantial home improvements such as boiler repairs, servicing and replacement of gas fires, and working with partners to arrange installation of cavity wall insulation for those most in need. 

Ruth Cornelissen, Chief Executive of Care and Repair Leeds, said: “We welcomed the funding received from ScottishPower Energy People Trust which enabled us to have a dedicated Caseworker supporting vulnerable households in Leeds, particularly those suffering or at risk of cold related illness.  A warmer, more energy efficient home means that these are less vulnerable to cold-related illnesses and will also have a positive impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Despite this summer’s soaring temperatures, there are vulnerable residents suffering cold related conditions for whom keeping warm is essential to keeping well. Care and Repair Leeds is a real lifeline for local people suffering from long term health conditions. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide support for those who are particularly in need in the community.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014