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Warm Homes for Health:
Building Fuel Poverty and Health partnerships
16/7/2013
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Winter Wel...
Fuel Poverty and Public Health –
Securing Warm Homes Healthy People Funding
“One of the most significant, yet least
recognised factors causing death and Illness…”
•Health :
•40,000 long term
health ...
Homes – Mainland and Islands
• Higher energy costs
and lowest incomes :
• 6 in 10 homes hard
to keep warm & dry
• 53% of h...
Fuel Poverty – 100,000
Fuel Poverty is bad for health
• Long term unemployment – bad for health;
• Low income is bad for health;
• Poor housing i...
Winter Wellness is good for health
• Warm, damp and mould free homes
• Health improves
• Cornwall Works support – progress...
Economy & Poverty
•23,000 long term
worklessness
•16,000 children in
poverty
•High cost of living
•Lower than
average inco...
Winter Wellness help
0800 954 1956
Guides & Postcards
Emergency Fund:
– Heaters, Coal, Oil,
Electric Blankets
– Key meter ...
Winter Wellness help
Longer term solutions:
• Insulation (benefits are significant)
• New and repaired heating systems
• T...
Managing the programme
• 30 organisations
• Who are Community
Energy Plus?
• How do we know if
we’re delivering?
• Maximis...
Managing the programme
• Getting access to clients – many already
supported by various groups
• Launch event – all partner...
Main approach
• Big partnership – helpful in gaining access
to those in need
• Central point of contact (CEP) for anyone i...
2011/12 – 2012/13 comparison
Service 2011-12 2012-13
Number helped through
freephone no.
380 894
(1500 total)
Emergency Fu...
Increased activity 2012/13
Why?
• Referral fee £15?
• Better established – now in 2nd
yr?
• Launch event to raise awarenes...
Interesting facts…
• 50% of referrals dealt with by more than one
organisation
• Only 3% of those that received emergency
...
Joined up Funding
• Warm Homes, Healthy
People £222k
• Cornwall Works 50+
(European Social Fund) £30k
• Cornwall Council £...
Fuel Poverty, Health &
Work Outcomes
 150 homes insulated & improved heating for
next Winter + signposting ECO funding fo...
Homeless
Block booking of bed nights at homeless shelter
enabling groups to work with the homeless (drug &
alcohol support...
Heating, Eating and Work
• mental and physical well being
improved
• better start in life for children
• warmer homes for ...
Improving Well being
Unique:
• linked health
and work
• Inclusion
Cornwall Hub
and European
Social Fund
• Cornwall
Togethe...
Winter Wellness is about
the 3Q’s
– Improving the Quantity and Quality of life
– Closing the IneQualities gap
Happiness
“Its great news that we can get some
help …. As I have been getting
really stressed about the size of
the bill.....
Long term sustainability or
sticking plaster ?
• Community Energy Plus - use less energy
and more efficient homes
• Cornwa...
Conclusions
Tackling poverty
• Fuel costs critical – and something we can help
• Tackling fuel poverty gives access to peo...
Contacts
Nicola McCheyne
Community Energy Plus
nicola@cep.org.uk
Anthony Ball
Tackling Inequalities Coordinator
Anthony.ba...
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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Winter Wellness project

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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Winter Wellness project

  1. 1. Warm Homes for Health: Building Fuel Poverty and Health partnerships 16/7/2013 The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Winter Wellness project
  2. 2. Fuel Poverty and Public Health – Securing Warm Homes Healthy People Funding
  3. 3. “One of the most significant, yet least recognised factors causing death and Illness…” •Health : •40,000 long term health issues •9,000 social care, secondary care & VCS •2,400 emergency hospital admissions •300 extra deaths •Preventable
  4. 4. Homes – Mainland and Islands • Higher energy costs and lowest incomes : • 6 in 10 homes hard to keep warm & dry • 53% of homes off mains gas, dual fuels – Cornwall • 100% off gas grid – Isles of Scilly • More dependent on expensive warmth – oil, LPG, coal
  5. 5. Fuel Poverty – 100,000
  6. 6. Fuel Poverty is bad for health • Long term unemployment – bad for health; • Low income is bad for health; • Poor housing is bad for health.
  7. 7. Winter Wellness is good for health • Warm, damp and mould free homes • Health improves • Cornwall Works support – progress to work
  8. 8. Economy & Poverty •23,000 long term worklessness •16,000 children in poverty •High cost of living •Lower than average incomes
  9. 9. Winter Wellness help 0800 954 1956 Guides & Postcards Emergency Fund: – Heaters, Coal, Oil, Electric Blankets – Key meter top ups – Boiler repairs – Debt payment – Keep Warm Boxes Quick fixes – and…
  10. 10. Winter Wellness help Longer term solutions: • Insulation (benefits are significant) • New and repaired heating systems • Tariffs renegotiated • Income improved • Referrals : meals on wheels, independent living advice, loft clearance • Move back into work (Inclusion Cornwall)
  11. 11. Managing the programme • 30 organisations • Who are Community Energy Plus? • How do we know if we’re delivering? • Maximising number of households supported? • Hard to reach or hardly reached? • Value for money? • Deliver long term solutions?
  12. 12. Managing the programme • Getting access to clients – many already supported by various groups • Launch event – all partners showcasing • Freephone number – if someone’s in need, call it! • £15/referral to CEP (freephone no. or postcard)
  13. 13. Main approach • Big partnership – helpful in gaining access to those in need • Central point of contact (CEP) for anyone in need, regardless of reason • Referral fee of £15 / referral • Paying CEP & CAB for home visits • Emergency support conditional on home visit
  14. 14. 2011/12 – 2012/13 comparison Service 2011-12 2012-13 Number helped through freephone no. 380 894 (1500 total) Emergency Fund payments 143 328 Referrals to CEP helpline 97 510 Referrals from CEP helpline to other partners 89 402 (1015 total) Home visits 48 432 Costs of frontline support excluding home visits, CCF funding & freephone no.) £13,000 (originally £29,000) £13,500 (including full- time worker 3mths)
  15. 15. Increased activity 2012/13 Why? • Referral fee £15? • Better established – now in 2nd yr? • Launch event to raise awareness? • Full-time worker for 3 months?
  16. 16. Interesting facts… • 50% of referrals dealt with by more than one organisation • Only 3% of those that received emergency support in 2011/12 received support again in 2012/13 • We are delivering long term solutions.
  17. 17. Joined up Funding • Warm Homes, Healthy People £222k • Cornwall Works 50+ (European Social Fund) £30k • Cornwall Council £10k • NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly £10k • DECC Local Authority Funds £331k • Foundations Warm Homes Funding £5k • Cornwall Community Foundation £8k • Total of £616k to spend by 31st March 2013 !
  18. 18. Fuel Poverty, Health & Work Outcomes  150 homes insulated & improved heating for next Winter + signposting ECO funding for next winter  126 long term workless families with Children – signed up for Cornwall Works support and to begin progress to work  1500 households stayed warm and able to cook/eat to help their health
  19. 19. Homeless Block booking of bed nights at homeless shelter enabling groups to work with the homeless (drug & alcohol support, etc) 2011/12 • 97 people helped • 43 people put into permanent accommodation 2012/13 • 41 people helped • 20 now in accommodation
  20. 20. Heating, Eating and Work • mental and physical well being improved • better start in life for children • warmer homes for families & older people • Improved the health and wealth of our communities
  21. 21. Improving Well being Unique: • linked health and work • Inclusion Cornwall Hub and European Social Fund • Cornwall Together – idea conceived by Eden
  22. 22. Winter Wellness is about the 3Q’s – Improving the Quantity and Quality of life – Closing the IneQualities gap
  23. 23. Happiness “Its great news that we can get some help …. As I have been getting really stressed about the size of the bill..” “My dog and I have had the best nights sleep in years, thank you so much” the timely intervention of “Winter Wellness” “saved my life”…”I don’t winter well”. “The family feel healthy and optimistic about the future and …. do not know how they would have got through the winter without Winter Wellness help”.
  24. 24. Long term sustainability or sticking plaster ? • Community Energy Plus - use less energy and more efficient homes • Cornwall Together • Cornwall Works – increase income through work • Better health, improved well being
  25. 25. Conclusions Tackling poverty • Fuel costs critical – and something we can help • Tackling fuel poverty gives access to people with range of needs • One contact number for all referrals • Join up funding streams and partners to provide comprehensive service • Small interventions – Big outcomes • Result - Improved wider quality of life issues
  26. 26. Contacts Nicola McCheyne Community Energy Plus nicola@cep.org.uk Anthony Ball Tackling Inequalities Coordinator Anthony.ball@ciospct.cornwall.nhs.uk Anthony Weight Sustainable Development Officer aweight@cornwall.gov.uk

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