Team win ‘Outstanding PR Team’ award at national awards

The Communications Team from Newcastle-based fuel poverty charity National Energy Action, won the award for its Warm Homes Campaign. Running each winter, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue of fuel poverty which affects over 4 million households across the UK.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications & External Relations said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have been recognised at the AV Charity Awards. As a national fuel poverty charity we aim to hit big with our winter-long Warm Homes Campaign each year. It is our opportunity to influence policy and raise the profile of fuel poverty, highlighting the scale and the devastating effects of the problem, and encouraging other organisations to take action. This year our campaign was more vital than ever in providing advice and assistance to those suffering from the cold as the Beast from the East hit the UK.

“Sometimes it can feel like an uphill struggle, we see successive governments over the years making some changes to improve the situation. However they fail to prioritise improving the energy efficiency of homes and there is no long term investment. It is frustrating to know that fuel poverty could come to an end, if only adequate resources were committed.

“But we can be proud of our achievements in getting some important changes made. For a small charity, employing fewer than 80 people, we punch well above our weight. We actively research and monitor fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We recommend changes that could be implemented to make a real difference to people living in fuel poverty. We engage with politicians and stakeholders, and we highlighted key issues at our House of Commons Members event at the launch of the Warm Homes Campaign in November.”

The Warm Homes Campaign highlighted that over one million fuel-poor families in England would not have the cash to meet basic living expenses over this winter. With minimal budget, the charity also gained extensive national and regional media coverage and support, and the campaign culminated by trending on Twitter on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

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About the AV Charity Awards

For more info on the Asian Voice Charity Awards, (powered by Charity Clarity) go to: http://www.charityclarity.org.uk/2018/05/2018-winners-charity-awards/

About NEA

Around 4 million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home. National Energy Action is the national charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information about NEA go to: www.nea.org.uk

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