Winter Warmth at the Ely Winter Fair

9 December 2015

Keeping warm and well this winter will be the focus of a Winter Fair on Wednesday. The event will take place at Glan Ely Hall at the Church of the Resurrection in Ely, Cardiff. 

A range of organisations will be on hand to provide specialist advice to local residents on how to stay warm this winter – from how to save money by switching to a cheaper energy tariff, to the support available from energy suppliers for those who may have fallen behind with payments.

Staff from the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action will be running an interactive energy efficiency bingo game giving useful hints and tips on how to save energy in the home.  There will also be a range of fun activities for children including face painting, snakes and ladders, a bouncy castle and Christmas crafts.

The event is being run by Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE), a Welsh Government-funded community anti-poverty programme, and the Community Action Partnership (CAP), a two-year partnership between British Gas, National Energy Action (NEA) Cymru and the City of Cardiff Council. The CAP scheme helps local authorities to develop a grass-roots approach to tackle fuel poverty in the community.

Carole Morgan-Jones, director at NEA Cymru said: “NEA Cymru is delighted to be supporting the Winter Fair and with the colder weather drawing in, now is the perfect time to save some cash by shopping around for a better energy deal.”

Christine Tate, head of corporate responsibility at British Gas said: “British Gas has an important role to play in tackling fuel poverty. That’s why we’re pleased to support the Ely Winter Fair and to help people create warmer, more energy efficient homes.”

Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability at City of Cardiff Council, Cllr Ramesh Patel said: “It’s crucial that residents know how to stay warm this winter. I encourage everybody to go along to the Ely Christmas Fair and receive some key energy saving tips for the home whilst playing a game of bingo. It’s a bit of fun but the message for residents is very important indeed. It’s also important that people get the best possible deal on their energy and so I would encourage people to join the collective energy buying group Cyd Cymru which approaches companies on behalf of its members in order to get the best price.

Sam Froud-Powell, Community Energy Coordinator at ACE, said “Many people we work with are increasingly struggling with energy bills, so we are very grateful for the support of NEA and British Gas for our advice and support work, enabling people to take more control of their energy costs.”

Notes to Editors: 

  • For all enquiries please contact Morgan-Jones@nea.org.uk Tel 02920 229322/07720591403
  • The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is a partnership project between National Energy Action (NEA), British Gas, local authorities and their partners, working to tackle fuel poverty in eight areas across the UK. CAP helps local authorities to develop a tailored, grass roots approach that works for each community. The scheme offers practical advice and community engagement events for consumers, improving referral networks for people who might need further support, and training frontline workers who work with people in fuel poverty.
  • NEA is the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity campaigning for affordable warmth. For further details visit http://www.nea.org.uk.
  • Fuel poverty results from a combination of factors: low household income; unaffordable energy prices; and inadequate heating and insulation standards. The consequences of fuel poverty range from psychological distress, social isolation and physical discomfort to causing or exacerbating serious illness and, in the most extreme cases, to premature death.
  • In Wales fuel poverty is defined as the need to spend over 10% of household income on fuel costs to maintain adequate warmth for health and comfort. Almost 1 in 3 (30%) of households in Wales were living in fuel poverty in 2012, equating to 386,000 homes.  328,000 of these are believed to be vulnerable households (containing a child, older person, or someone who is disabled or has a long term illness).  http://wales.gov.uk/docs/caecd/research/130430-wales-fuel-poverty-projection-tool-2011-12-report-en.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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