Stay Warm Stay Well
Building on the successes of previous projects, 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 again was high and all of the courses were filled very quickly. Over the winter months, EAS delivered one-day training to 301 participants in 20 locations. The feedback was excellent. Participants summed it up by saying:
“I feel so much more knowledgeable about working with my clients regarding fuel poverty. I now have a greater understanding on the health impact of fuel poverty and how to access support and provide clear guidance."
"I found this extremely interesting and beneficial for work and home. I would highly recommend this course to other staff working in different areas."
"Excellent course - would recommend to others."
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.