CSE serves up new project to help Bristol communities

Warming Bristol Communities on the menu at launch event

1 June 2010

Energy advice was on the menu alongside a tasty South Asian buffet last month to help celebrate the launch of CSE’s new Warming Bristol Communities project.

More than 40 representatives of black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups across Bristol, on whom the new project is particularly focussing, attended the launch event at the community centre in St Werburghs, to find out how the scheme could help residents.

Offering advice and support to residents suffering from cold homes and high fuel bills, CSE will work with organisations such as the Bangladesh Association, Bristol Pakistani Community Welfare Organisation and the Somali Resource Centre. The project is funded by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme.

CSE’s Energy Advice Services Manager, Helen Richardson organised the event. “It was great that so many people came and were enthusiastic about finding out what help we can provide. There are hundreds of households in Bristol suffering from damp, cold and draughty homes, or high fuel bills - and many people are unaware that there are people who can help.”

The team will be providing advice over the phone, as well as visiting homes accompanied by volunteers from the householders’ ethnic community who can provide interpretation if necessary.

Yusuf Salah, a representative of Bristol’s Somali community was at the launch event. “This project will help improve the lives of those who need it most, such as those from the Somali community. It will benefit people in many ways, including in terms of their physical and mental wellbeing. Warming Bristol Communities will make people aware of what help they are entitled to.”

To speak to one of CSE’s advisors, call the Energy Saving Trust advice centre on: 0800 512 012 and ask about Warming Bristol Communities.

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