Lifting North Somerset families out of fuel poverty

CSE helps dozens of children and their parents and carers

19 July 2012

Dozens of families across North Somerset will be warmer and more comfortable in their homes this coming winter, thanks to the help they’ve received from CSE’s Warm Families project. The two-year initiative, which is entering its final six months, works with families across North Somerset that have one or more children aged 18 or under living at home, to help them out of fuel poverty.

Focusing on towns such as Weston-super-Mare, Nailsea, Portishead and Clevedon, as well as surrounding villages, the project offers advice and support with understanding fuel bills, dealing with fuel debt, using heating systems efficiently, getting insulation, and reducing damp and condensation.

So far, CSE has worked with more than 1,000 people to help them cut their fuel bills and live in warmer, healthier homes. We've also trained more than 250 people in recognising the effects of fuel poverty and the help available, and delivered school workshops to over 350 pupils.

But as project manager Jamie Walters explained, CSE’s work doesn't stop there and the support is still on offer: “We're still keen to hear from anyone who lives in North Somerset and who has at least one child aged 18 or under living with them. People may be surprised at the benefits our help may bring them.”

CSE will take applications directly from the householder, and will also take referrals from third party agencies. We may even be able to offer some families a home visit.

To find out more or to make an application freephone the Home Energy Team or email warmfamilies@cse.org.uk. You can also check out the full North Somerset Warm Families project profile here.

Illustration: istockphoto.com/Elena Kalistratova 

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