’Coping with cold’ event
Working in partnership to tackle fuel poverty
5 December 2013
The event "opened my eyes, increased my awareness of what a cold home means - isolation, health costs to NHS, forcing families into one room, etc."
"[I'm] very keen to learn how to work better together in order to identify and find socially isolated older people living in fuel poverty."
These are two comments from the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received at the close of our fuel poverty 'insight-sharing and networking' event on Wednesday 4 December 2013 at M Shed, Bristol.
The aim of the free half-day event was share some of our experiences and the lessons we've learned from delivering fuel poverty projects – including developing analytical tools, running insulation schemes, and doing targeted outreach work with older people, young families and minority ethnic groups.
Around 60 people attended, mainly drawn from housing associations, councils and local health and welfare organisations. Our hope is that by working in partnership with local agencies like these, we will all be more successful at finding solutions to fuel poverty and the misery of cold homes.
Two lively roundtable discussion sessions reinforced the fact that fuel poverty lies at the heart of many social ills, not least health problems.
"The ability of the poorest in our society to stay healthily warm has moved to the top of the political agenda," said CSE's Simon Roberts. "Cold homes and the risk of debt caused by fuel poverty are exacerbating factors in many health and social problems. If we want to address these problems, we need to work together to tackle fuel poverty."
Click here to view the presentations as a PDF (some slides removed for copyright reasons).
'Coping with Cold' is also the name of a series of four short films made by CSE designed to help people working in health, welfare, housing and similar sectors understand the issues around fuel poverty and how cold homes can impact many areas of peoples' lives.
You can watch one of the videos below, or all of them on YouTube.
If you'd like a free DVD with the four films, drop a line to James Watt.