The Angus Brewer Community Fund has awarded a grant to AgeUK for the provision of a hardship fund for warm homes for elderly people in Caddington
The money will be used to form a new Caddington Parish Warmer Homes’ Hardship Fund which will pay for enhanced works (heating improvements; minor adaptations) for those most at risk in the two parishes.
This is part of AgeUK's Warm Homes, Healthy Homes project, alleviating fuel poverty for vulnerable older people; a free information and advice service including includes supply and installation of energy efficiency measures such as radiator panel reflectors; draught-proofing strips to doors and windows and letter box covers.
The overarching aim of the new activity is to address cold-related ill-health amongst older people affected by fuel poverty, aiming to
• Directly support older people to achieve more affordable warmth, improving thermal efficiency in their homes and maximising their household income.
• Offering holistic ‘Warmer Homes are Healthier Homes’ assessments and behaviour-change advice
• Welfare Benefits’ eligibility checks and help with applying for entitlements, energy usage assessment and efficiency advice and signposting to relevant support.
• Boiler replacement services, home improvement grants and discounts, a handyperson service and free installation of energy-efficiency minor measures
• Acting as clients’ advocates for supplier-switching, smart meter installations, energy billing enquiries, support during power cuts and qualified fuel debt advice