Groundwork worked with British Gas Energy Trust to offer free support to households living with fuel poverty and suffering from long-term or chronic health conditions stay healthy and warm with the help of Groundwork Green Doctors.
The programme provided:
Households were offered bespoke, one-to-one support to help them tackle fuel poverty and to be more energy efficient.
The programme supported:
Households in Rochdale, Wrexham, Flintshire, Caerphilly and South Wales Valley, Gateshead and Durham, Cheshire West, Chester, Manchester, Bradford and Bolsover were visited by Groundwork’s Green Doctors, with a particular focus on supporting those living in privately owned or rented properties.
The results were:
2,400 households received a visit from a Green Doctor with over 21,000 energy-saving devices were given free of charge to residents with funding contributing towards fitting energy efficiency equipment and supplying householders with a 'winter warmer' pack; including fleeces, hats, gloves and draught proofing. Green Doctors also arrange a follow-up call with the person living in the properties visited to assess the impact of the energy efficiency measures installed, as well as providing handy tips and tricks of the fuel-efficiency trade.
The service also helped to relieve pressure off the NHS and other care services over winter as staying warm is a proven contributing factor in helping to ensure that a person’s health and well-being remains in top form over the winter months.
To find out more about Groundwork’s Green Doctors and how they can help you and your family this winter and beyond, please click here.