Improving Health Through Warmth for Vale of Glamorgan Residents

Residents of Vale of Glamorgan can look forward to cosier homes thanks to funding provided by The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Local Assembly Member, Jane Hutt and Cllr Margaret Alexander, Leader of Vale of Glamorgan Council, attended the project launch at the Civic Office in Barry alongside Cllr Margaret Wilkinson and Cllr Maureen Kelly-Owen.

 The Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund, run by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, has been given £25,000 to help local residents improve energy efficiency within their homes thereby alleviating fuel poverty. When families and individuals spend more than 10 per cent of their income on energy bills and struggle to pay they are said to be living in fuel poverty.

The Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund aims to help those with long-term debilitating illnesses to improve the energy efficiency of their homes by facilitating the installation of measures such as cavity wall and loft insulation.

The project involves training key workers in the community, for example, social workers and health visitors as well as many local agencies such as Age Concern and Citizens Advice Bureau, so that they are better able to identify families and individuals who are in need of assistance.

The funding will also allow the project to operate a crisis fund to assist those with health conditions who don’t qualify for any other grant funding.

Hannah Jones, Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund co-ordinator, said:

“By working alongside the key workers and charities, we are confident that we will be able to identify and assist many vulnerable residents in the area to help them become more efficient with their energy usage.

“This in turn should help reduce the number of people living in fuel poverty and we are extremely grateful for the funding provided by The ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help us with this cause.”

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is a charity administered by, but making decisions independently of, ScottishPower.  The Trustees include representatives from Energy Action Scotland, National Energy Action and Glasgow University Urban Studies.

The Trust has now assisted 57 organisations and has awarded over £2.17m to projects helping over 56,000 households.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of External Business and Community Relations and The Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said:

“People may not realise that uninsulated walls can allow 35 per cent of heat to disappear while a further 25 per cent may be lost through an uninsulated loft.  Insulation will help stop this heat loss and provide savings on energy bills.

“This project will help to identify individuals and families who are in need of this measure, which should in turn help alleviate fuel poverty.”

For information on The ScottishPower Energy People Trust visit www.energypeopletrust.co.uk.

If you feel that you can benefit from the assistance of the scheme then please contact the Health Through Warmth Co-ordinator on 01446 709847.

 

Monday, July 06, 2009