Why are we doing this?
Over 13,000 homes in Newham face the realities of living in a cold home during the winter.
Living in cold conditions can have a serious impact on health, especially on the elderly and the very young. Cold housing can increase the incidences of: heart attack, stroke, asthma, flu, hypothermia and contribute to poor mental health.
Warm & Healthy Homes is a workshop designed by Article 25 that provides people of any age with: knowledge of how living in cold conditions affects the body, cost effect energy saving measures people can do to their homes and signposting from the council to where they can access existing grants and schemes for home improvements.
Newham has the highest rate of fuel poverty in London and one of the highest in the UK. It fulfils our mandate as we take the view that buildings should enhance and improve livelihoods. Living in a home where you have the knowledge to reduce heat loss, and effectively heat your home for less helps keep people healthier.
This project is made possible thanks to our partners from:
The progress so far
Since its initiation, Article 25 has held six workshops in total.
Initially we held a pilot workshop in the London Borough of Newham and, due to its success, we decided to conduct three more workshops in the same area where we helped more than a 100 participants who are vulnerable to living in cold homes due to fuel poverty.
Later, our volunteers moved to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, another borough which has a fuel poverty rates above the national average.
What impact have we made?
Article 25 is extremely happy with the results of this project. We were able to successfully organize and deliver 6 workshops, reaching 86 people and several neighborhoods. At the end of all our workshops we asked participants to complete a feedback form about their thoughts on the workshop. The overall response we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and participants seem to enjoy all parts of the workshop. Many have stated that not only their homes are now warmer but also that they are now able to save more money.
Indeed, we were able to identify the most appreciated features of this experience through participants’ feedback and impressions. We discovered that the interaction of the participants via props, quizzes, and breaks worked perfectly in tandem with the clear and simple style of the speakers. The workshops also provided many opportunities for the participants to ask questions in different formats and to get personalized and specific answers.
“We learn a lot from medical student some things I have never heard before, I enjoyed”
Participant from the St Hilda’s East Community Centre, Older People’s Project
“Very useful – telling me about the organisations you can go to when you need help. The props for producing warming and energy”.
Participant from the Well Community Centre, Bonny Downs