Energy Debt

Are you worried about keeping your home warm over winter, or your heating bills? 

Middlesbrough residents;

Five Lamps are working with Middlesbrough Environment City  on the Affordable Warmth Partnership to help Middlesbrough residents who are in debt with their gas and electricity bills.

Middlesbrough Affordable Warmth Partnership works collaboratively with several organisations to deliver a winter warmth programme of support to vulnerable people throughout the winter months. A team of delivery partners including: Cleveland Fire Service; Age UK; Volunteering Matters; Middlesbrough Council’s Staying Put Agency and Middlesbrough Foodbank provide a range of support including: emergency heating; boiler repairs; benefits advice and a befriending service.

If you would like to find out more about the partnership, please  contact Middlesbrough Environment city on; 01642 579820.

Stockton- On-Tees residents;

Warm Homes Healthy People in Stockton-On-Tees could help.

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Warm Homes Healthy People has been set up to give support to people whose health makes them vulnerable to cold weather.

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • Aged over 75
  • In receipt of Disability Benefits
  • Have a long term illness made worse by the cold
  • Live with a child (under 5) who has a long-term illness made worse by the cold

  Warm Homes Healthy People may be able to help with:

  • Emergency heating
  • Energy debt advice and welfare benefits advice and assistance
  • Home handyman service - which can assist with minor repairs
  • Installation of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and falls prevention equipment where needed

The project also offers a wider advice and support service to help keep you healthy and more able to cope with the cold weather

If you are in receipt of qualifying benefits:

  • Boiler servicing and repairs

The Warm Homes Healthy People scheme also offers residents in the Borough the chance to volunteer as part of its 'buddying' scheme. Volunteers who are hoping to become 'buddies' will receive full training and be partnered with a vulnerable resident of the Borough, providing them with assistance over the winter months.

How does the cold weather affect your health?

Cold weather can have a serious impact on your health and can cause pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes and depression. Keeping warm and health during cold weather can help keep illness away.

Simple measures to help you stay warm and healthy:

  • Keep your home warm - between 18-21 degrees centigrade is the recommended temperature. Find out about grants for insulation and boiler replacements
  • Wrap up well, several thin layers are better than one thick layer. Don't forget hats, gloves and scarfs
  • Keep active - avoid sitting for long periods, move around regularly - event light exercise will help keep you warm
  • Get the flu jab - free for over 65s, people with long term illness or pregnant women
  • Eat well - make sure you have lots of hot meals and plenty of warm drinks throughout the day
  • Look out for elderly neighbours and relatives, check they are safe and well

To find out more about these services, and to see if you are eligible, please contact the Warm Homes Healthy People Team on (01642) 528215. Lines are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

If you require emergency help with heating please contact the Fire Brigade using their 24 hour helpline number (01429) 874063

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