The npower Health Through Warmth Hardship Fund generously awarded FILT an extra £75,000 in late 2014, in addition to other HTW funding that FILT already manages. This was utilised through a 50:50 match funding project whereby local authorities agreed to match FILT funding for new boilers for those in need.
FILT invited Home Improvement Agencies to apply for funding and five were chosen. Where there was a need for a new boiler (estimated at approximately £1500) for a vulnerable client the agency could use £750 of FILT funding, £750 of local authority money, and then if needed could utilise other FILT funds (such as Gas Safe and SSE funding) to top-up.
This project has proved very successful as the five agencies chosen had not previously applied to the npower Health Through Warmth Hardship Fund.
In total 107 cases have been completed and the successful scheme is now reaching its end. FILT are keen to speak to possible funders for similar future projects.
The HIA National Conference aims to inspire the home improvement agency sector to embrace innovation and work collaboratively to improve services. Against a backdrop of scarce funding and increasing demand, our sector needs to find new ways of delivering quality services and forging productive new partnerships with the local health and care system.
The conference will be an opportunity for the housing support sector, social housing providers, commissioners and voluntary sector to get up to speed with the latest national policy updates and find out more about the role of housing support services within Manchester’s devolution deal.
Our event will also provide the necessary practical tools for HIAs to tailor their services according to commissioners’ requirements and the marketing insight and knowledge needed to redefine the offer while delivering increasing value for money.
Location: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4PH