Energy help warms up on the Island…
The Island's Footprint Trust are urging people to make sure that they are on the correct energy tariff now rather than wait until the high bills arrive.
Speaking for the Trust their National Heat Hero Ray Harrington-Vail said;
Thanks to funding from the Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) the Trust is able to offer free home energy visits to give tailored guidance on how to reduce utility bills. Ray Harrington-Vail and Mark Russell, from The Footprint Trust, were appointed Champions by the Big Energy Saving Network earlier on this year. Ray is already recognised as National Heat Hero, due to his pioneering work on the Island. The charity's work is also supported by The Beatrice Laing Trust.
It isn't just about switching supplier...", explains Ray.
"We are keen to hear from anyone who has concerns about their energy bills, we can be contacted on 01983 822282 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org"
The Trust would also like to hear from community and church groups who would like to be informed about the project. Free training is also available to frontline workers so they can also assist people struggling with their utility bills.
Here is an example of someone we assisted last winter...
Maggie* is a young mum with two children under school age. She contacted us as she was concerned that her washing machine was old and inefficient and using a lot of electricity and water. We went to visit her, and found Maggie struggling since her partner has left, and with debt with her gas, water and electricity suppliers. We checked the model of her washing machine and were able to reassure Maggie that it is modern and thus working reasonably efficiently. We then gave Maggie the contact details of the local Family Centre, and referred her to the Centre, for on-going support.
In addition to the free home visits, The Trust will be appearing at venues all over the Island ranging from Children's Centres to local cafes, social clubs to schools and even supermarkets and pubs!
The charity works with other local organisations including the CAB, Age UK and People Matter, to reach those having difficulty with their energy and water bills. The Footprint Trust is part of the Islehelp partnership www.islehelp.org.uk - a group of local advice organisations, who can be contacted on 03444 111 444.
As part of its awareness campaign The Trust is to hold an energy event at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Friday 28th October 2016, from 11am to 3pm. At this free event people will be able to get advice and information on a wide range of help services, under the banner of the Islehelp partnership.
Staff are also offering their free MONERGY workshops to give people skills to understand their bills. These are held at Community halls, Job Centres and other venues throughout the Island. These are supported by the Isle of Wight Council, with funding provided by the EU European Social Fund.
BESN is made up of 290 Champions from a broad range of third sector organisations such as housing associations, and community energy initiatives across Great Britain, including the Footprint Trust's WarmerWight-plus initiative. Champions deliver an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focussed on helping them to reduce their energy costs through assisted action on tariffs, switching and supporting the take up of energy efficiency offers. BESN is funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
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