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Charity helps during COVID-19 to relieve fuel concerns…

The Covid-19 emergency hit the Isle of Wight, with all its accompanying restrictions, towards the end of March 2020. For The Footprint Trust it meant a radical change in their working practices. The charity was aware that the most effective help they give most of fuel poor clients, was a home visit, at which tailored guidance is given. Clearly home visits would be very unwise, and would help spread the disease and could endanger clients and staff health. Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Tuesday March 23rd, all home visits ceased, and staff took on the job of contacting by phone the dozens of people on their database.

Continue reading Charity helps during COVID-19 to relieve fuel concerns…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Energy matters and self-isolation

The Island’s Footprint Trust have issued some helpful guidance on energy supply during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Trust’s General Manager, Ray Harrington-Vail said;

“It is important that we look out for vulnerable people in our community, and take precautions not to introduce infection, for this reason we are ceasing home energy visits at this time.”

 

“There are number of ways people can help vulnerable people and we are focusing on pre-payment energy meters. These meters have to be ‘topped-up’ using a card or ‘key’ at a local shop or supermarket. Clearly some people may not be able to do this. Many of the meters are in boxes outside of the home, and can be accessed without having direct contact with a vulnerable person.”

 

Prepayment Meters

If you have a prepayment meter that doesn’t have the ability to be topped up remotely, there are steps we advise you to take should you feel unwell or need to self-isolate.

To make sure your energy supply isn’t affected:
Consider topping up your meter with more than your normal amount.

Talk to friends, family and neighbours who live close to you as they might be able to top up your key or card for you

If your meter is outside of your home, consider leaving your meter box unlocked if it’s safe to do so, so that a friend, family member or neighbour can access it and top up for you

Ask your energy company for a Smart Prepayment meter, you can then top up your meters credit via the energy company’s app, or online

Consider paying for your energy directly from your bank account, you may also get a cheaper deal

 

 

Priority Service Register

The Trust urges anyone who is over 60 years old or has a medical condition to register on the free Priority Service Register, with their energy and water companies.

This can be done online www.ssen.co.uk/PriorityServicesRegister/

or by phone 0800 294 3259 or Text phone 0800 316 5457

For more guidance contact the Footprint Trust on 01983 822282 or info@footprint-trust.co.uk

 

Information and useful tips will be put on their website footprint-trust.co.uk and their Facebook page facebook.com/footprinttrust

 

Press Release The Footprint Trust immediate

16 March 2020

 

Cold snap hits but charity is there to help

Just as cold snap hits, the Island’s fuel poverty charity, The Footprint Trust, is to cut bills for Island households. The Footprint Trust will be holding events across the island to give people face to face energy guidance to help reduce energy use and bills. Elderly people and those with long term health issues are adversely affected by the rising cost of electricity and gas. Staying warm and well at home can be a struggle for people who are less mobile and on a low income. The Trust helps people to maximise their heating, manage their tariffs and billing and access further financial help and support. Continue reading Cold snap hits but charity is there to help

Solar Farm helps 80 households out of poverty

Thanks to a grant from Wight Community Energy, a local community benefit society, The Footprint Trust charity will be able to help 80 households out of fuel poverty. The Trust will be helping Islanders be prepared for winter, by carrying out a number of home visits to those on low income, who struggle to keep warm. Continue reading Solar Farm helps 80 households out of poverty

Trust helps some 2,000 locals, AGM hears

Last year was very successful for the Island’s Footprint Trust, their Board of Trustees heard at the 2019 AGM. Nearly 2,000 vulnerable people were seen at outreach, training, events and home visits with over £100,000 of annual energy savings identified. Almost 300 home visits were provided for over 500 vulnerable people identifying on average £300 per household in annual energy cost savings and cutting over 500 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Continue reading Trust helps some 2,000 locals, AGM hears

‘Winter is Coming’ event helps hundreds

Hundreds of people came to the successful ‘Winter Is Coming’ event on Thursday 10th October at Newport’s popular Riverside Centre. A cross section of local and national organisations were on hand to give guidance and help on a wide range of matters.  The Footprint Trust assisted householders with high energy bills, Citizens Advice were there giving guidance on money matters and financial help.  The overriding message was that Islanders to be prepared for winter. In attendance were also; Veterans Outreach, Southern Gas Networks and Southern Water, Utilita, SSAFA and the Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards.

The Footprint Trust were giving guidance on energy saving, discounts and grants from utility companies, along with information on Switching and gaining the best deal from utility suppliers. They were highlighting the need to prepared for extreme weather and will be encouraging those attending to sign up to the Priority Service Registers of SSE Networks and the utility companies. Southern Water were publicising their Priority Service Register and the Watersure tariff, to assist those on low income or have disability issues.

SGN were informing people about their free locking cooker valve, which helps keep people living with dementia and other disabilities gas safe in their own homes. For those who missed the event, more information can be found on line www.sgn.co.uk/LCV or by calling 0800 9751818.

People Matter were chatting about the support available to keep people living independently. Storeroom2010 were marketing their pre-loved furniture, which assists people on tight budgets to affordably furnish their homes.

Veterans Outreach Support were informing veterans and family members about their welfare work and psychology

ical support. They were joined by SSAFA which provides financial and other support to those from the veteran community.

Trading Standards were prompting the Trader Approved scheme and highlighting scams and how to avoid them. The “Isle Find It” website was explained, a great new internet service which leads those using it to the relevant help agency or organisation.

Anyone who missed the event can contact the Islehelp partnership through Citizens Advice on 0344 111 444. For help with energy and water bills The Footprint Trust can be contacted on 01983 822282 or email info@footprint-trust.co.uk

Winter Is Coming, is one of many outreach events that The Footprint Trust will be attending as part of their Power Plan project supported by Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Resilient Communities Fund the Charles Hayward Foundation and The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund.

“Winter is Coming” – be prepared say Isle of Wight charities

Citizens Advice, The Footprint Trust, People Matter and their Isle help partners are urging Islanders to be prepared for a harsh winter. They are to hold a free “Winter Is Coming” event to help local people keep warm and well during the months ahead. They will be joined on the day by; Veterans Outreach, Southern Gas Networks and Southern Water and the Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards.

The Island’s popular Riverside Centre will be the venue on Thursday 10th October 2019 from 11am to 3pm.

Expert staff and volunteers from IW Citizens Advice will on hand to offer help on money, tax matters, benefits and allowances.

The Footprint Trust will be giving guidance on energy saving, discounts and grants from utility companies, along with information on Switching and gaining the best deal from utility suppliers. They will be highlighting the need to prepared for extreme weather and will be encouraging those attending to sign up to the Priority Service Registers of SSE Networks and the utility companies.

Southern Water will be publicising their Priority Service Register and the Watersure tariff, to assist those on low income or have disability issues.

SGN will be on hand to provide those attending with information about their free locking cooker valve, which helps keep people living with dementia and other disabilities gas safe in their own homes. For more information visit www.sgn.co.uk/LCV. They’ll also have information on the Priority Services Register which helps energy companies identify customers who need priority support in an emergency.

People Matter will be in attendance to chat about support available to keep people living independently. Storeroom2010 will be marketing their pre-loved furniture, which assists people on tight budgets to affordably furnish their homes.

Veterans Outreach Support provides UK veterans and family members confidential welfare advocacy, psychological support or an opportunity to meet socially. The monthly drop in is a unique meld of public, private and charity sectors offering one-stop assistance including legal, housing, financial, employment, spiritual, substance misuse/ alcohol and mental health support.

Trading Standards will be prompting the Trader Approved scheme and highlighting scams and how to avoid them. The “Isle Find It” website will be explained, a great internet service which leads those using it to the relevant help agency or organisation.

Anyone needing immediate assistance prior to, or after, the event can contact the Islehelp partnership through Citizens Advice on 0344 111 444. For help with energy and water bills The Footprint Trust can be contacted on 01983 822282 or email info@footprint-trust.co.uk

Winter Is Coming, is one of many outreach events that The Footprint Trust will be attending as part of their Power Plan project supported by Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Resilient Communities Fund and the Charles Hayward Foundation.