Cadent, the UK’s largest gas distribution network, has pledged a substantial funding boost of £500,000 to expand its Centres for Warmth program, providing essential support to combat fuel poverty. Community hubs in selected locations, including Harrow, are now invited to apply for funding to become part of this vital initiative.
Amidst the impending winter challenges, Cadent’s Centres for Warmth program continues to be a beacon of hope for vulnerable communities. With over 70 centers already operational across the UK, this funding injection aims to extend the reach of the initiative. Local community hubs will be empowered to offer crucial advice on home energy efficiency, debt management, benefit entitlement, and gas safety.
Phil Burrows, Head of Customer Vulnerability at Cadent, said: “We’re committed to keeping our customers safe and warm and finding new ways to support some of our most vulnerable communities.
“Last winter, we reached over 18 million people and saved customers over £21m with helpful tips and resources, but we want to make an even bigger and lasting impact this year! We plan to do this by increasing the number of our Centres for Warmth through partnering with more community hubs in disadvantaged areas within towns and cities across our network.”
The Centres for Warmth initiative, launched in 2021, has proven to be a lifeline for many, offering tailored support that promotes safety, warmth, and community connection. The new funding will enable the establishment of additional facilities, training opportunities, and essential resources.
Phil continued: “A key focus of the programme is providing community hubs with important resources and training for their teams so they can offer essential advice on home energy efficiency, carbon monoxide safety and the Priority Services Register.
“Becoming a Cadent Centre for Warmth really will allow vital community centres, which are often the only service that some local people feel comfortable accessing, to significantly increase support.”
Harrow’s community hubs, along with counterparts in the North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, South Yorkshire, and the East of England, now have the chance to be part of this impactful initiative.
The application deadline is set for 15th December 2023.