We are pleased to announce our involvement with the Warm Homes Healthy People initiative in partnership with Brighton and Hove city council, the NHS, British Red Cross and other charitable organisations.
The effects of cold weather and poorly insulated housing on the most vulnerable members of our community is not to be underestimated. Every winter, approximately 1,500 more people die in the UK as compared with the rest of the year, many of these deaths could have been prevented by vigilant neighbours and friends, or with access to the right tools and services. Children, older people and those with longer-term medical conditions are particularly at risk but this initiative aims to reduce the impact of the colder months.
Liz Wakefield, Cabinet Member for Housing said, “We know that a growing number of vulnerable people are struggling to keep warm and healthy during winter; unfortunately it is also true that benefits and support go unclaimed because people don’t realise what is available to them. The Warm Homes Healthy People Programme will provide a range of support to residents, including information on finding help with energy bills and grants for home insulation, practical help to keep homes warm and safe and financial inclusion checks to ensure vulnerable residents are receiving all the financial support they are entitled to.”
Brighton Peace and environment centre will be holding various public events to raise community awareness and give advice on what you can do to help. Providing a point of contact for those concerned about the winter cold, we can let you know where to go to access government and charitable services helping to keep our community warm this winter.
Warm Homes Healthy People services will be available until March 2013. The support available includes:
- home visits giving energy and money advice.
- winter warmth grants to help people keep warm and well in their homes.
- practical help to make homes safer and warmer.
- help and advice on benefits, energy tariffs and heating and insulation grants and discounts.