Safely Home Project

Lead Partner:

Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency

Other Partners:

James Cook University Hospital, Hospital Social Care Team, Middlesbrough Environment City, Connect Service, Volunteering Matters, Royal Voluntary Service, Cleveland Fire Service

Project Summary:

This project aimed to build on the successful initiatives developed through the Middlesbrough Affordable Warmth Partnership, community-based stakeholders and voluntary sector partners. Referral networks were already established including activities piloted through the Warm Homes, Healthy People programme. The project supported greater integration of the services offered and a general promotion campaign to make fuel poor households aware of the health risks associated with cold, damp homes.  The project complemented other services such as decent homes assistance, minor and major adaptations. The project also addressed hospital admissions, readmissions and emergency admissions.

By targeting the most vulnerable, this scheme aimed to include those not known to statutory services.  The caseworker focused on those at risk of, or living in, fuel poverty, including patients with a long-term condition to provide them with small measures to improve energy efficiency in the home, emergency heating where needed and boiler replacements.

The project also raised awareness of fuel poverty among front-line staff and gained their help in giving advice and making referrals.

Region in which project will be delivered:

North East

Local authority area/key locations in which project will be delivered:


Measures installed:

A grant of up to £500 per eligible household was used to provide low cost energy efficiency interventions. Measures could include insulation, draughtproofing, heating repairs and a range of other specified products as required by the household.

NEA grant with GAP funding
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Published on 24-08-2017
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