Keep Warm in Bristol
Providing advice and training to support older people and families with young children living in deprivation
Project duration: January 2012 to April 2014
The connection between a cold homes and the health of the person living there has never been stronger, with evidence linking cold homes to a whole host of physical and mental conditions, as well increased risk of accidents around the home.
A new CSE-led and Bristol City Council-backed project aims to improve the health of thousands of Bristol residents by helping them to tackle the thermal comfort of their home.
Keep Warm in Bristol aims to bring together agencies from across the city working with the most deprived parts of the Bristol population to provide a comprehensive range of advice and support.
Working alongside West of England Care & Repair, the Bristol Debt Advice Centre (BDAC), and other voluntary community groups, CSE aims to provide help to 5,000 households of older people or families with children under five who are struggling to keep their homes warm during winter.
The aim is to reduce the number of cold homes in the city, with a view to improving the general health and well-being of these two vulnerable groups.
Delivering the support
The project aims to offer a comprehensive, joined-up service which brings together advice about a number of subjects, including: energy efficiency, fuel debt, home improvements and adaptations, benefits, housing and health.
CSE’s role will be to manage the project which will involve set up a fuel poverty advice service for the whole of the City in order to identify and support older people and families with children under the age of 5, who are living in cold damp homes – and who may either be in fuel debt or struggling to pay fuel bills.
The project will also work with and provide training to 300 staff from relevant statutory agencies and VCS groups regularly visiting clients at home, in order to raise awareness of the signs of fuel poverty and the risks of cold exposure outside, its impact on health, and what support is available through this project.
By the end of the project a significant number of target households will live in warmer and less damp homes, in a better state of repair, leading to improved health and well-being. The older beneficiaries will have greater independence – increasing their opportunity for staying in their own homes for longer – and young children will have a better start in life.
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Keep Warm in Bristol is funded by the Department of Health’s Warm Homes Healthy People Fund, and CSE is managing the project on behalf of Bristol City Council.