Partner Organisations

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Community Health Action Trust

Funded by

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UK Power Networks, City Bridge Trust

Year

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2015

Location

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Brent

Brief

The Warmer Homes Project, created by London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) alongside a local community group CHAT, engaged in the struggle against fuel poverty and energy bills reduction in vulnerable households, using a volunteer led-approach by training champions to engage vulnerable householders and so enable energy efficiency through the installation of retrofits and encourage energy reduction through behaviour change.

The project provided 213 households and local residents with information on different ways to reduce energy usage and encouraging local households to practise sustainable habits, and so encouraged skills building, learning opportunities and confidence building amongst the project recipients.  It also allowed CHAT to improve the services that their Health Champions can provide to the vulnerable network they support. While the materials will not be readily available in the future, CHAT champions will be able to support the local community through the advice and skill sharing that they gained through the involvement of this project.  The Warmer Homes programme found that utilising & up-skilling “front-line workers” is extremely effective for helping networks of vulnerable people tackle fuel poverty, and hard measures acted as “Enablers” to encourage behaviour change or soft measures.

Achievement

18 champions trained

141 pledges made to reduce energy usage

419 insulation measures installed

213 households visited and retrofitted installations for improvements

Testimonial

I am keeping it up. I have seen some improvements in my heating. Thank you!

Beneficiary

It is good to save money and to keep the house warm.

Beneficiary