Launch of new fuel poverty project

Scheme seeks volunteers to support over 50’s

28 September 2012

Local MP Kerry McCarthy was one of the guests at the launch, on 26 September, of a new CSE project that will help alleviate fuel poverty in the former Avon area*.

The focus of this initiative is people aged over 50, and it will make particular use of volunteers who will be trained to help people in their own communities - neighbours, colleagues etc - understand the actions they can take to deal with fuel poverty.

The event took place at the Pavillion on the Harbourside in Bristol, and was introduced by CSE’s Chief Executive, Simon Roberts who outlined the aims of this new initiative is to:

  •  to improve the quality and the ways in which individuals receive advice and support
  • to help people support themselves directly
  • to assist others do the same by training older people to provide advice to their peers
  • to train local groups to understand the signs of fuel poverty and refer clients for support

Our energy advisors will be working with care agencies, charities, local government staff and other support groups to help provide the best possible support for the over 50s.

You can find out more about the project by visiting the project profile here.

Kate Thomas is managing this project and organised the event. “This was a great opportunity for organisations from across the area to meet and work out how, together, we can make big inroads on reducing fuel poverty in our area."

'You Just Have to Get By', CSE's study into how people cope with low incomes and cold homes continues to be cited as an important contribution to the fuel poverty debate. You can read the study, including the testimonies of people suffering from fuel poverty, here, or request a printed copy (nicely spiral bound) from

* The unitary authorities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

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