Together with our project partners, we are celebrating after our Better Housing, Better Health project, operating in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, was named the national runner-up in the Energy Impact Awards, beating more than 80 competing entries.
The Energy Impact Awards, run by leading fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) in partnership with British Gas, recognise best practice amongst agencies carrying out work that focuses on energy projects tackling fuel poverty by benefiting vulnerable people in the local area.
We were awarded a £5,000 grant for our Better Housing, Better Health project, which aims to reduce the health impacts of cold and damp housing and improve health and wellbeing for those living with a cardiovascular disease or respiratory illness. Cold homes cost the NHS in England a shocking £1.36 billion every year in hospital and primary care, and are particularly associated with respiratory problems and heart-attacks. Through Better Housing, Better Health we aim to prevent ill health and reduce pressure on NHS services by making homes warmer and healthier places to live. The project offers practical energy-saving advice, income maximisation services and grant funding for practical energy efficiency improvements.
Alexandra Steeland, our Project Manager, said:
"The National Energy Foundation and our project partners are delighted to receive this award. Better Housing, Better Health has made a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of hundreds of local residents, and the scheme is an excellent example of what can be achieved when health and housing services work together to tackle the health impacts of cold and damp homes."
Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at NEA, said:
“We were delighted with the interest in the award scheme this year which saw the highest number of highly commendable projects in England, Scotland and Wales ever received for the scheme. I congratulate the National Energy Foundation on its initiative which will help the residents most vulnerable to cold weather and fuel poverty by targeting those whose health is affected by cold and damp housing conditions. I would like to thank British Gas for supporting the scheme, enabling these excellent local projects to continue to develop.”
Steve Crabb, Director of Consumer Vulnerability at British Gas, said:
“I congratulate the National Energy Foundation on its initiative that will have a huge impact on people whose health is affected by cold and damp homes. There is so much great work being done in communities across Britain to help people save energy and end the scourge of fuel poverty. That’s what these awards are all about, and that’s why British Gas is so proud to be involved with them and committed to working with NEA.”