Aiming Beyond Cancer (ABC)

Aiming Beyond Cancer (ABC)

EAS secured funding from SSE through the Industry Initiatives strand of the Warm Home Discount obligation and is using this to support people who are finding it hard to stay warm at home because of cancer.

EAS is working with Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) in the Western Isles and with THAW in the Orkney Islands to deliver the ABC project.  The purpose of the project is to offer a layered level of support to people with an ‘active’ cancer diagnosis.  It uses a dedicated intervention home visit service and offers a range of energy efficiency measures, support and advice to identified households.

In the Western Isles, TIG works with key agencies such as Macmillan Cancer Support to offer home visits to patients in the Western Isles diagnosed with a cancer condition and who are in or at risk of fuel poverty.  In the Orkney Islands, THAW works with Macmillan and CLAN to provide a similar service.

The ABC project enables the provision of new heating systems/replacement boilers/hot water systems and a range of energy efficient white goods for vulnerable people – all with a cancer diagnosis – most of whom are not eligible for support from other schemes.

Project work includes:

  • Supplying energy efficient heating where the home has no central heating or has an old, inefficient heating system
  • Replacing broken or energy inefficient white goods with highly energy efficient white goods as needed
  • Supplying highly energy efficient white goods where these do not exist, eg fridge/freezers and tumble dryers/washer-dryers

People are also offered tailored energy advice to ensure optimum use of their new heating and reduced energy costs/improved comfort levels.

Often for those with cancer, energy bills rise as patients remain at home during treatment and recovery (often meaning that their income levels fall too), as well as the physiological effects of cancer requiring that they stay warmer.  ABC provides a practical means of ensuring that at a particularly stressful time, energy bills and keeping warm are one less thing for cancer patients and their families to worry about.