A campaign has been launched across Richmondshire to highlight the help that is available to those living in cold and damp homes, and people suffering from fuel poverty.
A coalition of charities, the emergency services, local councils and housing associations are working together to help people who are vulnerable and who find themselves in ‘heat or eat’ situations.
The Warm and Well project offers a wide range of services, including energy price comparison and advice appointments, where people could save up to £250 a year on their energy bills, help to access home improvement grants, befriending services, and help and support with fuel debt.
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Warm and Well in North Yorkshire is funded by North Yorkshire County Council.
Since a relaunch in 2017 it has helped 268 households.
In Richmondshire there are estimated to be more than 1,900 people living in fuel poverty, which makes up 9.5 per cent of all households.
The Office of National Statistics figures show that there were an estimated 250 excess winter deaths in North Yorkshire between 2015 and 2016 and there were estimated to have been 20 in Richmondshire.
Laura Thomas, project coordinator, said Warm and Well is aiming to address the causes of cold homes of vulnerable people living in North Yorkshire.
She added: “We are helping people to financially find it easier to heat their home, but also improve their heating system and insulation. Improving any of these elements with help someone to keep warm.
“I think it is very important to be prepared for when the cold weather starts to hit, this means that now is time to seek help if you struggle to keep warm over the winter.
“The great thing about the project is that you do not need to be referred by a professional (although they can also make referrals) to access the services of Warm and Well.
“You can do this online via the Warm and Well website or over the phone. You can do this for yourself, a family member, friend, neighbour, or anyone else you are concerned about.”
To make a referral online visit https://www.warmandwell.org.uk/Referral-Form or call 01609 767 555 for more information.
Warm and Well will also be giving out lots of information, advice, and tips on Twitter and Facebook.