Extra funding to help older people in Bristol and surrounding area

6 December 2019

CSE has been awarded £20,000 from St Monica Trust’s Community Impact fund to pay for an experienced energy advisor to deliver home visits and in-depth support to vulnerable older people in Bristol, BANES, South Glos. and North Somerset.

We were one of seven organisations who recieved a share of this new £100,000 fund designed to support existing local organisations to "carry on the great work they are doing".

The other six recipients who were awarded between £3,220 and £20,000 include Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group, Bristol Poverty Action Group, Life CycleNorth Bristol Advice CentreSouthern Brooks and Way Out West.

The St Monica Trust provides accommodation, care and support for older and disabled people in Bristol and surrounding counties.

Ben Jailler from St Monica's Trust said "Uniquely, this funding supports established projects which are already making a difference in their local communities, rather than start-ups. The aim is to support organisations to continue providing vital services for older people, whilst looking for ways of improving levels of sustainability."

Older people are among those whose health is most at risk from the harmful effects of living in a cold home. "Around half of cold related deaths were among people 85 and older," said CSE's Mike Joyce. "This funding will make a big difference and means we can help more older people above all stay warm but also understand their energy consumption, use their heating controls properly, reduce high energy costs, avoid damp and mould in their homes, and switch to better value energy tariffs."

Simon Roberts OBE, said: “We welcome St Monica Trust’s generous support and their recognition of the importance of supporting local organisations to continue the good work already being carried out.

“Older people are one of the most vulnerable groups during the cold weather, particularly if their home isn’t very energy efficient or they are living on a very low income. Nobody should be rationing their heating this winter.”

For more information about this fund, click here.

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