Search begins for local Heat Heroes
People who have gone above and beyond to help others in their community live in warmer homes are set to get the recognition they deserve.
The Heat Heroes Awards 2016 are being launched today by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action in partnership with ScottishPower, and are open to individuals across England and Wales.
Not-for-profit organisations including local authorities, health and social care agencies, voluntary and statutory agencies and community groups are all being encouraged to nominate staff and volunteers for the award.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said: “More people die of living in a cold home than drug abuse, alcohol abuse or road accidents combined. The Heat Heroes awards recognise and celebrate the achievements being made by individuals in tackling fuel poverty, helping people to be warmer and healthier in their own homes.
“This could be creative and innovative schemes including financial advice for people at risk of, or in, fuel poverty; helping people in fuel debt; energy efficiency education; and other activity in the fight against fuel poverty.”
Alison McKean, Social Policy Manager at ScottishPower added: “We’re proud to be supporting the Heat Heroes Awards once again. Individuals who have won in previous years have made a really positive impact on the lives of people in their community and I am sure the standard of entries will be just as high this year.”
The awards recognise individuals who have made an important contribution to helping people struggling with the effects of living in a cold home. This can be through work or through voluntary activities outside the workplace.
To apply visit the website at the awards page by clicking here.Entries must be in by Friday 17 June. Winners will get to visit the House of Commons in September for a celebration ceremony.