Warm and Healthy Homes Fund
Energy Action Scotland has received funding provided through the Warm and Healthy Homes Fund, part of a £26.2 million Health and Innovation Programme, which will bring affordable warmth to over 6,000 fuel poor and vulnerable households in Scotland, Wales and England.
In this two-year project, Energy Action Scotland aims to use £431,455 of funding to support work in three areas of Scotland where there are on-going initiatives to tackle health and fuel poverty in tandem. Energy Action Scotland is working with THAW in Orkney, TIG in the Western Isles and Glasgow City Council.
In Orkney, THAW – Tackling Household Affordable Warmth – is a charitable organisation that has been set up with the aim of eradicating fuel poverty and achieving affordable warmth for households in all Orkney communities. It is engaging with local services such as Care and Repair, CAB, Orkney Housing Association Limited and Orkney Islands Council. It has also established a referral pathway for frontline workers from a range of health and social services.
As well as physical measures such as heating and insulation being provided via the Warm and Healthy Homes Fund, THAW is seeking to establish a holistic service and so is including benefits checks and funding for people in need from sources such as the supplier Trust Funds.
A similar model is being set up in the Western Isles, with the local housing agency Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) acting as a conduit to the Council, Care and Repair, social work and occupational health.
Their overall aim is to improve housing throughout the Western Isles. They manage and provide a range of services including tailored energy advice and advocacy, energy efficiency measures and help in accessing income maximisation, relevant grants and other local support mechanisms.
In Glasgow, the Council and Macmillan Cancer Support recently established the Improving the Cancer Journey project (ICJ), delivering a holistic range of financial, medical and practical services to cancer patients. The Warm and Healthy Homes Fund is enabling provision of new heating and energy efficiency measures via referrals from Macmillan ICJ Advisors, with surveys and tailored energy advice being provided by G-HEAT, the Glasgow Home Energy Advice Team.