NEA Community Action Award Winner 2013-14

We are pleased to announce that we won an NEA Community Action Award for our affordable warmth work in Southampton, in partnership with Southampton City Council, Age UK Southampton, Society of St James Handy Person’s Service and other agencies in the Southampton Warmth for All Partnership. The award was presented to us last Wednesday by Sarah from National Energy Action (NEA) at Southampton Civic Centre.

NEA award (10)

L-R: Christabel Watts (tEC), Rebekah Kerns (British Gas), Adam Goulden (tEC), Sarah Wright (NEA), Cllr Warwick Payne, Janet Hawkins (SCC), Helen Farley (tEC), Debbie Chase (SCC).

STOP the Cold is an affordable warmth campaign aimed at helping Southampton residents to keep warm and healthy during the winter months. The project supports a free phone advice line offering information and advice on all aspects of affordable warmth, including access to grants and loans for energy efficiency improvements, and a signposting service to over 40 organisations. STOP has been fortunate in that it has been able to combine with a number of our other projects in Southampton to enable vulnerable residents to take advantage of a free and confidential home visit advice service focusing on home energy efficiency, one-to-one support with energy efficiency grants and loans, draught-proofing, reducing energy usage at home, energy bill tariffs and payments, heating and hot water controls, condensation and mould, benefits and heating costs. The intended outcomes of STOP are reduced excess winter deaths, decreased levels of fuel poverty and a greater understanding of issues surrounding the impact of cold homes on health and wellbeing.

Outcomes so far include:

  • Over 1,500 calls handled by the advice line,
  • Over 400 home visits to increase awareness of energy efficiency & signpost to appropriate sources of help,
  • Dedicated web pages promoting benefits of energy efficiency, grant/loan opportunities, as well as, top tips and downloadable advice guides,
  • ECO CSCO mapping for use by Southampton residents, CVOs and council staff, and
  • 6 DIY workshops & 3 community presentations leading to 110 draught proofing measures installed.

Thank you to NEA for the award and to Southampton City Council for their continued support.