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Green Doctors Prescribe Healthy Homes In Cold Weather

We’re offering free support to residents in the Cheshire West and Chester area who have a low income, or are in ill health and struggling to keep warm during the cold weather.

Our Green Doctors, with financial backing from British Gas Energy Trust, will be visiting up to 300 houses in Cheshire West & Chester, with a particular focus on supporting those living in privately owned or rented properties.

Support on offer includes: fitting energy efficiency equipment and supplying householders with a ‘winter warmer’ pack; including fleeces, hats, gloves and draught proofing.

We will also arrange a follow up call with the person living in the properties visited to assess the impact of the energy efficiency measures installed.

Fuel poverty is driven by three main factors: household income, the current cost of energy and the energy efficiency of the home.

“In some cases the effects of fuel poverty can be fatal and we’re keen to make sure that people also suffering from long term or chronic health conditions get the support they need to stay healthy during the cold weather,” said Alison Beckett, Groundwork’s Green Doctor Project Officer. 

Are you eligible? 

To qualify for a Green Doctor doctor visit, householders must be:

  • Living in a disadvantaged areas (as defined in Index of Multiple Deprivation) We will be able to tell you if this is the case.

The householder will also need to meet ONE of the following criteria:

    • Aged over 65
    • Have respiratory illnesses, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and childhood asthma
    • Have cardiovascular disease, particularly ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease
    • Have severe mental illness, including but limited to schizophrenia, bipolar and moderate to severe depression
    • Suffer with dementia
    • Are a family containing children under the age of five
    • Are a pregnant women

For more information and to book a Green Doctor visit, contact Alison Beckett:

T: 01606 723 160       

M: 07712 871 172       E: alison.beckett@groundwork.org.uk       

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