Warmth for Wellbeing is here to help people on low incomes whose health is at risk from living in a cold home.
As well as our Freephone helpline, we also offer personalised, face-to-face appointments and home visits, providing practical advice and support around a number of fuel poverty issues:
- Maximising benefits
- Reducing or managing debts
- Getting cheaper fuel tariffs
- Saving on gas and electricity
- Draught proofing homes
- Getting off a key metre
- Getting help to replace an old boiler or get insulation
- Getting help to access crisis funds
Living in a cold home can have a serious impact on health, including risk of heart attacks, strokes and infections, leading to preventable winter deaths. Negative health effects start at outdoor temperatures of between 4° and 8°C and indoor temperatures of below 18° C.
People most at risk are:
- aged over 65 or under 5
- have a long term health condition such as heart or lung disease
- have a mental health condition or dementia
- living on a low income
Call the Freephone, local Moneyworks helpline 0800 988 7037 and ask for advice on warm homes.
The Warmth for Wellbeing Project is a partnership led by Citizens Advice Brighton & Hove and funded by the British Gas Energy Trust. The project partners are: Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, Age UK Brighton & Hove, Money Advice Plus, Brighton Housing Trust, FED Centre for Independent Living, St Luke's Advice Service, Brighton & Hove Energy Saving Co-op, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, Hangleton & Knoll Project, Mind in Brighton & Hove, Brighton Women's Centre, British Red Cross, and National Energy Action.