Return of projects to keep warm this winter

Projects that helped
people stay warm and healthy last winter have been so successful that extra
funding will see them run again.

Cash from last year’s Warm
Homes Healthy People Fund provided a co-ordinated, all-round health, warmth and
energy service. A total of 355 people were helped with heating repairs and
improvements that they couldn’t afford otherwise. And 33 community groups
received funding so they could provide advocacy support, run lunch clubs and
drop-in events.

On the back of this
success and with colder weather beginning to bite, NHS Leeds has set aside
£171,000 and is working with Leeds City Council and others to provide vital

Emergency repairs and
community grants will help ensure people don’t go cold and energy advice will
be given out to help people save money on their fuel bills.

Care and Repair’s Warm
Homes service will again provide emergency heating repairs for vulnerable
households. Groundwork Leeds’ Green Doctor service will continue to provide
advice to pensioners and lower income households on energy efficiency while
Leeds Community Foundation are again handing out grants to community
organisations to help people throughout the winter.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment,

“People who can ill-afford
to upgrade or fix their heating are sometimes those who stand to benefit the
most from keeping warm and keeping fuel bills down. The schemes proved very
popular last year so thanks to financial support from NHS Leeds, they are
making a welcome return.”

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive board member
for health and well being said:

“As well as lifting people
out of fuel poverty this type of support brings direct health and well being
benefits to some of our most vulnerable residents. Continuing our partnership
approach means to we can bring tangible improvements to people’s quality of
life and reduce the impact of cold-related illnesses on health services.”

Dr Simon Balmer, consultant in public health medicine at NHS Airedale,
Bradford and Leeds said:

“Being cold isn’t just
uncomfortable; it can be very bad for your health. Sitting or sleeping in a cold
room can increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes and breathing problems.
That is why we are delighted to work in partnership with the council and others
to provide practical help and advice to keep vulnerable households well over

For emergency heating
repairs through Care and Repair’s Warm Home service call 0113 200 9165.

For energy efficiency
advice contact Groundwork Leeds’ Green Doctor service on 0113 238 0601.

Leeds Community Foundation
can be contacted on 0113 242 2426 to
discuss grants for communities or information can be found at www.leedscf.org.uk

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577