Over a thousand homes helped to keep warm this winter

The Winter Wellbeing partnership has again helped over a thousand households or nearly two and a half thousand people to keep their homes warm and themselves well. 

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are number 8th and 1st respectively in the table of most fuel poor areas in England, and helping people to heat their homes has a positive effect on their health. Examples include reducing asthma attacks, reducing mental health issues related to stress and helping people back to work because they are warm enough to concentrate on job applications. 

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The partners run the programme every winter from November until March and have been active for the last six years. Over the life of this council the Winter Wellbeing partners have collectively helped 13,000 people with advice on insulation, keeping their homes free from damp and mould and providing emergency fuel payments. 

Support from the Cornwall Council Health and Wellbeing Board over the last four years has been invaluable. The programme led to a successful bid to central government for £2.3m from the Central Heating Fund. This supported new first time central heating in 318 homes in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

A short video has been made to highlight the differnce having a warm home can make to people's lives:

The ongoing work to combat Fuel Poverty has led to greater recognition of the need to provide warm heathy homes and has been included in NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan. 

A recent recipient of help in the form of a new electric meter from the programme said “This is going to make such a difference to me I haven’t had a heater on since July. I am going to wash off all the mould, and paint. The electric will enable me to do this”. 

Jeremy Rowe, Chairman of Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board said: "The team have done a fantastic job in making sure help gets to the people who need it most. It seems such a simple requirement that people should expect warm homes, but this programme is reaching many people who would otherwise face winter with real fear for their wellbeing".

Dr Caroline Court, Acting Director of Public Health added: “It’s great to see the impact this invaluable programme has had over the last four years. It’s work that we will continue as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Prevention is always better than cure and keeping people well enough to be able to work and enjoy being warm at home can have such a beneficial impact on health”. 

There are still two weeks left of the programme for anyone who needs help and advice on keeping a household warm. Call the Winter Wellbeing Team on 0800 954 1956.

Story posted 17th March