Our Green Doctors have successfully been running training courses in conjunction with BPEC, over the course of the first half of 2019, to train front line workers identify, and offer advice on, fuel poverty.
Fuel poverty disproportionately affects homes and communities in the north of England. This is especially the case in post-industrial cities where the majority of the housing stock is old and poorly insulated.
The severity of the negative outcomes related to fuel poverty is not widely recognised; for example, 15,030 people are estimated to have died as result of cold housing in the winter of 2018-2019. The fact that this figure seems so shocking is linked to the fact that so few people recognise the scale or depth of the problem.
The course was developed by Groundwork NEWY in conjunction with BPEC over the course of the first half of 2019. It is delivered over one day and currently takes place at the Groundwork NEWY office in Morley, Leeds.
This is an accredited course with funding from Northern Powergrid and Northern Gas Networks. Simon Kilshaw, the Green Doctor Manager stated:
As Groundwork’s Green Doctor Manager and the Lead Tutor, I’m delighted & proud to offer our Fuel Poverty Awareness training course. With continued support from our partners Northern Powergrid & Northern Gas Networks, this course delivered by our highly experienced Green Doctors provides valuable knowledge to wide variety of frontline workers & Community champions across the Yorkshire region, who are then better equiped to support their clients, colleagues and communities
You can find further details and book onto the course here