Stay Warm Stay Well
Building on the success of a previous project, EAS secured funding from SSE to provide free training – Stay Warm Stay Well - to a wide range of frontline workers throughout Scotland.
EAS targeted selected organisations with a number of common aspects: they are engaged in looking after vulnerable or potentially vulnerable people; their staff work at the heart of their local communities; and they are trusted intermediaries. Such staff are ideally placed through their everyday work to engage with client groups that are particularly vulnerable, at risk and often difficult to reach.
The Stay Warm Stay Well project had two key aims:
- to improve understanding of domestic energy efficiency and the impact of fuel poverty and cold homes on vulnerable, low income households.
- to raise awareness of schemes, grants and other support mechanisms for energy efficiency improvements, creating an effective means for linking those in need with the help that is available.
Demand was high and all of the courses were filled very quickly. Over the winter months, EAS delivered one-day training to 319 participants in 20 locations. The feedback was excellent. One participant summed it up by saying:
“Really enjoyed the course, learned a lot that will really benefit all of our service users.”
By equipping frontline staff with the necessary knowledge to advise and support their clients on energy-related issues, the Stay Warm Stay Well project is helping to establish a more sustainable solution to many issues.