The Warm Homes Campaign is National Energy Action [NEA]’s annual winter initiative, raising awareness amongst both politicians and members of the public of the problem of fuel poverty and the action needed to be taken at a policy level; as well as the help and support available locally for those struggling to heat their homes. The Campaign will launch on 29 November 2016 and continue until 17 February 2017 (Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming Event).
NEA, the UK fuel poverty charity, provides the secretariat for the Safe, Warm Homes Working Group and we would like to expand the campaign message and help regional AAA networks support the campaign with a ‘Safe and Warm Homes Campaign, with Age Action Alliance’.
As we appreciate resources are limited at a local level NEA would like to offer grants of up to £500 to regional networks in England and Wales to enable them to organise an event during the campaign to provide advice and information to older people on keeping safe and warm in their homes this winter. NEA will provide leaflets for older people to take away with them and provide ideas on how to make the event more fun and interactive, ideas could include:
- An ‘Energy efficiency bingo’ – NEA can provide the bingo resources for you to use
- Organise a Christmas party with a ‘Keeping Safe and Warm this Christmas’ theme
- In January – ‘Beat the January Blues by Keeping Safe and Warm at Home’
- Support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on 17 February 2017 by joining the ‘Nation’s Biggest Housewarming’ by organising a coffee morning or luncheon for older people
- NEA will work with the networks to invite MPs along to the event and in some cases we may be able to offer an ‘energy expert’ to give a brief presentation to those attending and help on the day.
We will ask organisers to provide a brief report detailing what happened at the event, how many older people attended and some anecdotal feedback of how they think the event had helped get the energy efficiency message across, with some quotes from older people who attended (these can be anonymous).
Please complete either the online application form
or download the Word application form
outlining how you think you can use the funding to get the energy efficiency message across in your network. Please suggest approximate dates when you think you could hold the event and what type of event you think you might like to organise.
The deadline for applications is 30 November 2016.
All events must happen on or before 17 February 2017.