Southampton Healthy Homes

Press Release: Southampton secures £500k to help residents stay warm this winter.

The Environment Centre (tEC) in partnership with Southampton City Council have been awarded £500K funding through the British Gas Energy Trust Healthy Homes Programme to help vulnerable residents across the city who are struggling to keep warm and well in their homes.

This exciting project was launched on Friday 11th December 2015 at a well-attended event in the Civic Centre, with presentations given by Councillor Lewzey, Councillor Payne and Councillor Shields.

SHH launch event 11Dec15 Cllr Shields, Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care says “The ambition of the Southampton Healthy Homes project is to address the avoidable health consequences that arise from fuel poverty and to eradicate excess winter mortality in the city. It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent excess winter deaths and I encourage anyone who is concerned about the risks of cold weather, either to their own wellbeing or a friend, relative or neighbour, to get in touch for advice and guidance.”

Southampton has a particular problem with a cold, damp and draughty homes which are expensive to heat and which can cause the people who live in them to become ill. Severe or prolonged exposure to cold can even lead to premature death and can make many health conditions such as arthritis, breathing problems and rheumatism much worse.

Adam Goulden Chief Executive at the Environment Centre says “Recent figures suggest that over 10,000 households in the city are unable to heat their homes to an adequate level so this new service is a great opportunity to help Southampton Residents through impartial advice on improving the energy efficiency of their homes, changing energy suppliers or switching tariffs or providing access to funding to help those most in need”

Physical home improvements available to residents with specific health conditions includes Solid Wall Insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, draft proofing and other energy efficiency measures*. tEC’s friendly and experienced advisors are able to attend a limited number of home visits to provide bespoke advice to vulnerable residents but their Freephone advice line is available to anyone who wants information of keeping warm and well this winter.

Anyone interested in finding out more or would like to refer a family member, neighbour or client can reach the Southampton Healthy Homes team on 0800 804 8601(free from all major phone providers) or 023 8033 6172, or email keepwarm@environmentcentre.com.

*Terms and conditions apply. Funding available to privately owned or privately rented properties only.

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Information for editors:

The Southampton Healthy Homes project is funded by the British Gas Energy Trust.  Project Partners include the Environment Centre (tEC), Southampton City Council, Southampton City CCG, Solent NHS Trust, Citizens Advice Southampton, SCRATCH, SCM Basics Bank, the Alder Trust and the University of Southampton. For more information please contact Helen Farley on 023 8033 6172.

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Closed during bank holidays. The project is available until 31st March 2017.SHH logo for website v2