Pennine Care recognised as fuel poverty fighters

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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating after their ‘Wealth, Health and Wellbeing’ project, which tackles fuel poverty across Tameside, has received a national award. 

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust is one
 of only 15 organisations across England and Wales that were successful in applying for the Community Action Awards, which are run by national fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas.

The awards recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency amongst vulnerable households.

The Wealth, Health and Well-being project is an effective way of reaching the most socio-economically disadvantaged people in Tameside and Glossop. Led by the local NHS Health Improvement Team in close partnership with other agencies, it delivers support on the doorstep to those facing fuel poverty, debt and lack of means to meet their basic needs.

The group has received a grant of £1500 which will help them to pilot a Health, Wealth & Well-being project with the Bangladeshi community in central Hyde. This community is known to be one of the more disadvantaged communities in Tameside, with some poor health outcomes and reluctance to engage with some mainstream services.

The prize money will fund interpreters and workers with appropriate language and cultural skills who will get involved in the project at each stage and who will also help evaluate the pilot afterwards.

Representatives from the project as well as other local partners and award scheme judges gathered together at the Central Art Gallery and Library in Ashton-under-Lyne on 18 June between to celebrate the project’s success.

Linda Dunn from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We're really pleased to have this innovative project recognised at a national level - it's a great example of partnership working and has had a real impact on fuel poverty in some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in our area.

"This award will give us an opportunity to test out the project in our Bangladeshi communities by funding interpreters and translating resources”.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said: “Community groups and other local organisations play a vital role in helping to identify and assist those who are struggling to heat their homes affordably and I would like to congratulate Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust for the excellent work they are undertaking to tackle this problem.

"We are also delighted to announce that NEA and British Gas will be able to continue to support local residents in keeping warm in their homes through our new Community Action Partnership  initiative, which will benefit eight locations across the UK including Greater Manchester’.

Christine Tate, Head of Corporate Responsibility at British Gas said: “Last year British Gas spent more than £380 million our elderly, disabled and most in need customers. In addition to this direct support for our customers we are pleased to support National Energy Action’s community energy efficiency awards, especially as energy efficiency is the best way customers can keep their homes warmer for less.”