WARM & HEALTHY HOMES
LONDON / UK
PROJECT TYPE: Community Workshops
PROJECT PARTNERS: Bonny Downs Community Association, Age UK, SHINE Islington, National Lottery Fund
ENGINEERING PARTNERS: Chapman BDSP
STATUS: Initial round of workshops completed
What it’s about:
People in 10% of London homes suffer from fuel poverty with many households having to choose between food and heating. The health impact of cold housing, especially for the elderly and children, include cardiovascular and respiratory disease, flu, falls and injuries, stress levels, hypothermia and mental health.
Warm & Healthy Homes are series of workshops providing people of any age with information on:
· the medical dangers of living in cold conditions
· cost effective energy-saving measures people can carry out in their homes
· accessing existing grants and schemes for home improvements
Initially, we held a pilot workshop in the London Borough of Newham where 13,000 homes suffer from fuel poverty. Due to its success, we conducted three more workshops in the same area where we helped more than a 100 vulnerable participants. Another workshop was held in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where fuel poverty rates are well above the national average. Our latest workshop was held in Caxton Hall with the support of Age UK, ChapmanBDSP, and SHINE Islington.
Overall, we have successfully organized and delivered six workshops, reaching a large number of residents and several neighbourhoods. Feedback received at the end of each workshop has been overwhelmingly positive. Many participants have stated that their homes are now warmer and they are saving more money.