Get help to stay warm at home
Older people and vulnerable adults who are struggling to keep warm in their homes are being urged to reach out to their local home improvement agency to access free grants.
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) is raising awareness of the programmes it delivers via home improvement agencies (HIA) and handyperson services in England.
FILT programmes fund life-changing interventions to make homes more energy efficient and/or easier to keep warm. Measures range from draught proofing and fitting reflector radiator panels to replacement of boilers and central heating systems.
Sara McKee, Chair of FILT, said: “Cold, damp and poorly insulated housing can lead to worsening health, risk of injury, social isolation and sadly death. People don’t have to suffer in silence – there is support available to improve the warmth and safety of their homes.”
In 2015/16 the charity’s Warm at Home programme distributed £637,000 grants to 3,600 people across the country, helping them stay safe warm and well in their home and saving the NHS an estimated £2.4 million.
People at risk of fuel poverty and who need help, should contact their local home improvement agency who can then apply for the funding on their behalf.
To find your local HIA visit www.findmyhia.org.uk and use the searchable directory, or phone Foundations on 0300 124 0315.