Warm homes the key to healthy people

New project aims to improve thermal comfort of homes

13 January 2012

CSE is leading a number of support agencies and groups across Bristol as part of a Department of Health-backed project aimed at breaking the link between cold homes and bad health.

The new Bristol City Council-backed Keep Warm in Bristol project aims to improve the health of thousands of deprived Bristol households by tackling the thermal comfort of their homes.

“The link between the temperature of a home and the health of the person that lives there are almost inextricably linked,” explained Senior Project Manager, Verity Saunders. “Cold homes can present a range of physical and mental ailments, including a risk of heart attacks and strokes. For example, for every degree below 16 celsius that  the living room temperature falls, there’s an associated rise of 1.3 mmHg blood pressure.”

The project will bring together care and support agencies from across the city to work in partnership to provide a comprehensive range of advice and training, including on: energy efficiency, fuel debt, home improvements and adaptations, benefits, housing, health advice etc.

The partnership will target 5,000 households of older people or families with children under the age of five who are living in deprivation. The aim is to reduce the number of cold homes in the city, with a view to improving the general health and well-being of these two vulnerable groups.

The project will also provide training to more than 300 staff from relevant agencies, voluntary and community groups who are regularly visiting clients at home in order to raise awareness of the signs of fuel poverty and the risks of cold exposure outside, its impact on health and what support is available through this project.

To find out more about this project, read about it here.

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