Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Working in partnership for warmer homes

With Autumn now firmly taking hold, people across the country are starting to turn the heating on. However, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has the luxury of keeping their home warm.

A warm home has a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. As research has shown, cold temperatures can have a detrimental effect on people with long-term health conditions such as heart, circulatory and respiratory disorders, as well as the elderly community.

Indeed, this subject has become a real focus for the Government in recent months, with calls for a collaborative approach across the health sector to ensure that those who need it most are able to heat their homes. Recent guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has also added to the debate, calling for the wider community, from gas engineers to health workers, to work together to identify vulnerable people who are at risk.

This partnership approach is one that npower Health Through Warmth has championed since the scheme began in 2000, by working with organisations such as Care & Repair Cymru. Together, we help vulnerable people to stay warm at home, whether it’s by replacing broken boilers or installing heating systems or loft and cavity wall insulation.

That’s why npower Health Through Warmth is supporting Care & Repair Cymru's Fighting Fuel Poverty campaign, to remind people that help may be available for vulnerable home owners who have a long term illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund the work required.

For more information, or to find out if you or someone you know could be eligible for help, visit or contact your local Care & Repair Agency on 0300 111 3333.

Elaine Midwinter
Scheme Manager
npower Health Through Warmth

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