Supporting the traveller and boater communities in Wiltshire

22 December 2020

The Government’s £170m national COVID Winter Grant Scheme was made available in early December 2020 to support those most in need across England with the cost of food, energy (heating, cooking, lighting), water bills and other essentials. The aim of the scheme is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the winter.

Wiltshire Council was awarded around £1.1m as part of the scheme and consulted with partner agencies to agree how the money should be allocated. CSE is providing fuel poverty support for the traveller and boater communities, with households identified for support by Julian House. We're working through our ongoing Warm & Safe Wiltshire project that also covers those in the Swindon council area. This initiative has been running since December 2015 and allows people to access a host of support services through a single point-of-contact

Paul Winney, Warm and Safe Wiltshire project manager at CSE, said “The funding received from Wiltshire Council to be able to help residents this winter has been fantastic. I’m very pleased to be working in partnership with Julian House to support the Boater and Traveller community in Wiltshire. The Warm and Safe Wiltshire advice service aims to help those most affected by cold, damp homes and prevent those faced with a difficult choice of going hungry or keeping warm.”

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is also available to offer advice on 0300 003 4576 or email wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk for those who don’t have a support network around them.

More information about Wiltshire Community Foundation can be found at www.wiltshirecf.org.uk.

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