Tackling winter fuel poverty in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset

Dept of Health funds energy advice, training and support

13 December 2012

CSE is working with local authorities in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset to keep people warm this winter.

Going without adequate heating during the winter can have an adverse effect on health, particularly in older people or children. Funded by the Department of Health and delivered on behalf of the local authorities, CSE and partners are providing advice and practical support to households at risk of fuel poverty over the winter months.

In Bristol, the focus is on households with vulnerable older people or children. They can take part in advice sessions at local GP practices or community centres, or receive a home visit from an expert. CSE is also training front line staff such as district nurses and health workers to recognise people at risk and refer them to the CSE advice team. Mechanisms for referral from GPs will also be developed as part of the project.

In Bath & North East Somerset, the project is targeting vulnerable households in Twerton and Southdown, areas at particularly high risk of fuel poverty and issues associated with cold weather. Here, households at risk are receiving personalised support and advice about staying warm, keeping safe and energy efficiency improvements they could make, through home visits and phone calls.

And in North Somerset CSE is delivering fuel poverty training for frontline workers and heath care professionals to enable them to recognise households at risk and make referrals.

Further training is taking place in Bristol and Bath, specifically for  frontline workers and volunteers who are equiped with a ‘winter pack’ that includes warm clothes and blankets, and emergency heaters, and which have been distributed to those most at risk during the recent spell of very cold weather.

To speak to someone about keeping warm over the winter months in Bristol or B&NES, please call CSE's Home Energy team free on: 0800 082 2234 or email: home.energy@cse.org.uk.

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