£200,000 to boost Winter Warmth Campaign

Groundwork Leeds’ Green Doctor Service was awarded Winter Warmth funding in January to help those most at risk this winter.

The Council’s Public Health team has made £200,000 available to ensure that the Council is able to deliver a range of practical help to vulnerable people, helping them stay warm and healthy in their homes during the winter.

Director of Public Health for Leeds, Dr Ian Cameron, said: "We know that cold has a significant impact on health and the extreme weather last winter really showed this. That is why I believe it is crucial for Public Health to play a key role in helping promote effective ways to deal with the problems cold weather causes and play our part in keeping people in Leeds healthy and safe over the coming months". 

Groundwork Leeds' Green Doctors were awarded £50,000 of the funding to boost the Winter Warmth Campaign being delivered in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, Care and Repair Leeds, CAB and Leeds City Council. The funding package is helping all partners involved in the Winter Warmth Campaign to deliver emergency heating repairs, household energy efficiency measures, and detailed advice on dealing with fuel bills and eligibility for financial support.

Since funding was received in January the Green Doctors have visited 123 vulnerable households, with the plan to visit a total of over 200 by the end of March. Our Green Doctors specifically visit households at risk of experiencing fuel poverty, including the elderly and those on low incomes, and help them with ways to keep warm. This might include installing energy efficiency measures such as draught proofing and reflective radiator panels, or if they are eligible referring them to companies providing new heating and insulation packages. 

“I am delighted that Public Health has recognised fuel poverty as a key area and has boosted much needed services this winter. This funding will allow us to support vulnerable families and isolated residents at a time when energy bills continue their relentless rise.” 
Mathew Roberts, Groundwork Senior Climate Change Co ordinator

For more information on our Green Doctor Service please visit
www.groundwork.org.uk/leeds or contact Mathew Roberts on 0113 238 0601, Mathew.roberts@groundwork.org.uk