New Chair for our charity

We are pleased to announce that our charity has elected Manchester entrepreneur and campaigner Sara McKee as chair.

Sara has extensive experience in running blue-chip organisations, SMEs and large not-for-profits. She’s also influenced public policy for aged care, housing and welfare-to-work, and has set her sights on ending ageism and transforming lifestyle choices for older people via Evermore.

Sara replaces Stephen Burke, who chaired FILT for two years and has overseen a period of major growth. A £637k programme managed by FILT in 2015/16 has helped 3,600 people stay in their own homes warm, safe and well, and saved the NHS £2.4m.

Sara McKee said: “FILT looks after thousands of home owners who don’t have the resources to maintain their properties and often face hardships through cold, damp and uninhabitable situations. This has a knock on effect to local authorities and the NHS as it has been proven that poor housing has a massive impact on health.

“That’s why I’m passionate about building up FILT’s funds so that we can reach more people across ages who can continue to thrive at home with a little bit of support.  A few hundred pounds in repair costs can be unaffordable for many but make all the difference to their long-term health and wellbeing.  As incoming Chair, I intend to campaign actively and approach companies large and small to support those living in their communities – so prepare to dig deep.”

FILT finances practical work to the homes of hard-to-reach householders, for example boiler repairs, draught-proofing windows or safety checking and replacing old gas fires. Its programmes prevent poor health caused by cold homes, tackle gas safety issues and provide solutions for energy efficiency and fuel poverty.  The charity works with nearly one hundred home improvement agencies (HIAs) across England to deliver the work on the ground.

In the future, FILT aims to expand the range of work it finances and is keen to partner with companies looking to reach vulnerable, older and disabled groups through corporate social responsibility funds.

FILT continues partnership with SSE

The Warm at Home programme has received further funding from energy provider SSE. It will continue to enable quick interventions to make the homes more energy efficient and/or easier to keep warm. The measures will range from draught proofing and fitting reflector radiator panels to replacement of boilers and central heating systems.

The programme will be delivered by 20 home improvement agencies who have received grants between £3,000 and £15,000 to carry out home assessments for 750 householders and complete 380 energy efficiency-related works.

Read the evaluation report of the first 12 months of the programme.