Author Archives: Christabel Watts

Hitting the Cold Spots: David’s story

David was referred to the Central Heating Fund by his local council who had been supporting him with making some much needed improvements to his home. Amongst the problems in the home was the heating – or lack of heating. With only two old gas heaters on the ground floor, and no heating at all […]

Southampton Healthy Homes: Terry’s story

Terry was referred to us by another local agency. Terry lives in a private rented flat and the only available heating in the property was an electric wall fire in the living room. Terry receives Employment and Support Allowance due to ill health and as such he is at home a lot. During the winter […]

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2017

Today is national Fuel Poverty Awareness Day; an opportunity to focus on the issues faced by those struggling to keep warm and pay their bills, and to highlight the work being done to try and alleviate these problems. Across Southampton and Hampshire there are an estimated 50,000 households living in fuel poverty*. Fuel poverty is […]

Hitting the Cold Spots: Stephanie’s Story

Stephanie contacted us after hearing about the Central Heating Fund project following her attendance at an event organised by her local Council.  She is an owner occupier who lives in a house with an open fire, one electric storage heater and an electric instantaneous water heater, which she found cold particularly in the winter. Stephanie […]

Southampton Healthy Homes: Mary’s story

Mary‘s daughter contacted us regarding her mother’s heating system. Mary is in her 80’s, living alone and had recently suffered from pneumonia. Her gas boiler had broken down and the heating engineer had made a temporary fix but it needed to be replaced. Mary was eligible for the national ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme, due […]

Hitting the Cold Spots: Lindsey’s story

Lindsey contacted us after receiving our letter about the Central Heating Fund. She wanted to find out what could be done to transform her cold house into a warm and cosy home. Lindsey suffers from health conditions, and is on a low income. We arranged to visit her at home to complete an assessment, which […]

Southampton Healthy Homes: Emily’s story

Emily contacted us as her home was damp and she had electric storage heaters which were very expensive to run and didn’t adequately heat the home. She and her five year old son also suffered from coughs, which she had been told were linked to the damp and cold. We visited to see if we […]

Hitting the Cold Spots: Ylva’s story

Ylva contacted us after hearing about the Central Heating Fund project. She is a private tenant who lives in a flat with solid uninsulated walls, electric storage heaters and hot water immersion, which she found cold particularly in the winter. Ylva is on a low income due to health difficulties and she struggled to afford […]

Southampton Healthy Homes: Jean’s story

Jean’s daughter contacted the Environment Centre as her mother was interested in installing a central heating system. Jean is a pensioner and whilst she was used to living without a central heating system, with her pension as the only source of household income, she was finding it difficult to adequately heat her entire house. Within […]

Local Charities Day 2016

Friday 16th December 2016 is the first Local Charities Day; created to celebrate small, local charities and community groups, help them thrive and demonstrate the great work they do in their areas. As a small local charity ourselves we wanted to mention some of the work we do and then highlight some of the amazing local […]