Can you imagine huddling in a sleeping bag on the floor of your living room, next to a single fan heater just to keep warm? Confining yourself to one room because your central heating doesn’t work and your entire house is cold.
This is a real-life story of a man from Carlisle whose broken boiler left him malnourished and near-frozen. It’s also the reality of many people throughout the UK who are experiencing fuel poverty, often living with unsafe or broken heating systems that they can’t afford to replace or repair.
Yet there is funding available to make vital home improvements.
This year FILT received £325,000 from the Gas Safe Charity to enable people to stay safe, well and warm in their home. On behalf of their clients, Home Improvement Agencies can access Gas Safe Charity Hardship Fund grants to deliver gas safety checks and service appliances, plus repair and replace the likes of gas boilers, gas fires and gas cookers.
Since July 2017 more than 1,200 people have been supported. The money has helped older, disabled and vulnerable people to stay at home and prevented death, injury and illness caused by dangerous gas work and appliances. The grants are relatively small, on average under £200, but they make a big difference to people’s lives.
Just like the man in Carlisle who now is enjoying a safe and warm home thanks to his boiler being repaired by Homelife Carlisle, with funding from the Gas Safe Charity Hardship Fund.
Help us to spread the word about the funding available for people to enjoy a safe and warm life. Information about the fund and how to apply is available here: http://filt.org.uk/gas-safe-charity/