The Community Action Partnership in Greater Manchester is providing a range of practical and strategic support to local authorities and their partners to progress affordable warmth activity across the sub-region. In line with developing existing initiatives, its key objectives will be to support activity to reduce fuel costs for all, but specifically the fuel poor. This will involve increasing awareness of energy efficiency measures, increasing awareness of available support and British Gas social programmes, and increasing the capacity to provide advice.

Activities include bespoke training for frontline staff from all sectors, scoping activity around engaging pharmacists and private sector landlords, fuel debt advice network forums as well as local profiling of fuel poverty under the Low Income High Cost definition of fuel poverty. The development of locally specific fuel poverty and health reports aimed at raising the profile of these issues within Health & Wellbeing Boards will also be undertaken.

How do I get involved?

For further information contact Diane Bland.

Oldham switch on to energy advice thanks to free workshop   

Residents from First Choice Oldham’s (FCHOs) Barker Street estate were given training on how to keep warm in their homes and save money on their fuel bills.  This included how to use heating systems, switching suppliers, and understanding energy bills. Residents also learned more about how to make their homes energy efficient, and what to do if they are struggling to heat their homes affordably. It is hoped residents will share their new-found knowledge with others in their community to spread the eco-advice.

FCHO resident, Victoria Osilewe, said: “I didn’t understand much about energy before, and now know more. I’ve changed the times on my heating timer and can see how much electricity I use with the display monitor. It was really useful. I’m looking forward to sharing the advice I’ve received.”

The workshop supports a wider programme to create warmer and more energy efficient homes across Oldham.  The BGreen initiative, run by FCHO, Oldham Council, British Gas, Forrest and Savills, has already seen 600 homes fitted with external wall insulation, which reduces the amount of heat escaping through walls, keeping homes warmer for longer.  A new biomass district central heating scheme, which is a greener and more efficient way to heat homes, is also benefiting over 1,400 homes.

Published on 13-07-2015
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