Stories of fuel poverty

The impact of our ‘Coping with Cold’ videos

12 December 2014

It’s been well over a year since our 'Coping with Cold' films were published – enough time to assess the impression they’ve had amongst those working to tackle fuel poverty. Using real-life stories, the series of four was produced to highlight the main causes and effects of having to ‘heat or eat’.

The videos are aimed at professionals working in community settings – for health agencies, welfare organisations and similar.

CSE’s James Watt is encouraged by the response.  “We’ve shown these videos widely at our training sessions and workshops and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Participants particularly valued the information about how to spot the signs that a household may be fuel poor, and also the realities of living in a fuel poor household. As these were two important aims of the project, this is very welcome feedback.”

You can watch the films by clicking on the images below or by following this link to the Coping with Cold playlist on our YouTube channel.

The films have had over 4,600 views to date, and still feature amongst the top viewed uploads on the CSE channel; this week one of the series, ‘Understanding fuel poverty’, was the third most watched of all our 74 videos.

We’ve also distributed a DVD of the films to scores of people and organisations including government departments, community groups, MPs, housing associations, advice centres and charities. A few copies are still available; email james.watt@cse.org.uk for a copy.


The films were made by The Rural Media Company and funded by the Nationwide Foundation

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