The Northern Exposure project managed by NEA Northern Ireland and is funded by the Public Health Agency. It is an action based, community development project, designed to tackle the high levels of fuel poverty found in Belfast. It promotes energy efficiency services to tackle heating and insulation problems of low income households by working in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
Key Aims and Deliverables
Northern Exposure works in partnership with community networks to encourage referrals to energy efficiency programmes to increase the levels of insulated and Warm Homes in Belfast.
Northern Exposure works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP), handholding and supporting householders through the referral process from start to finish.
It also works in partnership with locally based advice centres to increase benefit uptake and make sure those referred are maximising their income. Energy efficiency advice is provided helping to change individual and family behaviour around energy use to more energy efficient behaviour.
It raises awareness of fuel poverty, the causes, consequences and solutions. It also raises awareness of energy efficiency by providing advice and support to local communities helping them to build capacity to tackle the factors causing fuel poverty.
It provides training to local communities in Energy Awareness creating local champions who are able to deliver professional energy advice.
It uses local and regional communication channels as well as other networks to raise awareness of fuel poverty.
NEA NI produces a bi-annual newsletter, which is funded by the Public Health Agency through our Northern Exposure Project and aims to provide you with up to date fuel poverty policy information. All editions of the newsletter can be located here.
NEA Case Study
As part of our Northern Exposure Project, funded by PHA, we deliver fuel poverty & energy awareness sessions to health professionals and are receiving referrals from them as a result. This case study highlights the importance of partnership working and through this the help that Northern Exposure can provide to householders living in Fuel Poverty. It is also significant in showcasing what the NISEP can deliver to assisting householder in fuel poverty and filling in gaps from other Fuel Poverty programmes. Please click the following link to read Elizabeth’s Story.
- Warmth in Mount Vernon
Report findings on the door-to-door local-based approach (March 2016)
- Achieving Warmth in Whiterock and Westrock
Report findings on the door-to-door local-based approach (June 2014)
- Northern Exposure: Alleviating Fuel Poverty in North and West Belfast
Research into the mental health and well-being impacts of fuel poverty and energy efficiency interventions – in partnership with the University of Ulster.