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New programme announced to support Harrow households living in fuel poverty

Groundwork and the Cadent Foundation have launched a new programme called Stay Warm, Stay Well, aiming to assist Harrow households facing fuel poverty.

Over three years, the initiative will provide tailored energy advice through Groundwork’s Green Doctors, backed by a £6 million investment. With a focus on vulnerable households, the programme will offer practical guidance on energy saving and referrals to local support services.

One Green Doctor commented: “We’re seeing people choosing between which bills to pay and whether to eat meals, and many don’t even consider putting on the heating. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating. The energy crisis is far from over – there are so many people and families in urgent need of help.”

Those needing advice can access the referral form on Groundwork’s website: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/stay-warm-stay-well

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s UK Chief Executive, said: “This new funding from the Cadent Foundation couldn’t be coming at a more important time. Feedback from our Green Doctors is that they’re visiting an increasing number of people who are taking drastic measures to make ends meet – from skipping meals to living in permanently cold, damp homes – with many falling into debt. We’re also seeing more working people who are ineligible for government support but who still need advice on how to reduce their bills. We’re delighted that the Cadent Foundation is able to provide strategic, multi-year support for our Green Doctors, which will help us expand our service to more people and ensure we have a workforce able to meet growing demand.”

Julia Dwyer, Director of the Cadent Foundation, said: “The impact from our initial partnership which began in 2020, has been incredible to witness, particularly as the work of energy advisors has been vital throughout the cost-of-living crisis. We’ve learnt a lot throughout the first phase, which supported more than 10,000 households, but being able to fund the training of local people, to advise and guide their own communities on energy efficiency and money management, is really powerful. We truly believe that a solid knowledge of how to optimise the energy efficiency of a home, is the key to alleviating fuel poverty in the long-term and the next stage in our partnership will allow us to expand the programme even further, increasing our involvement and doubling the amount of funding to help even more families.”

Harrow residents seeking assistance can access the referral form on Groundwork’s website, while additional resources on energy-saving tips are available through the Get Energy Help section of their site.