with heating bills available at Burnham-On-Sea event
living in cold homes or struggling with heating bills in the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area will be able to get free help and support
at a special event this month.
Taking place in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday 30th March, the events
will provide advice and practical help as part of a nationwide
project called 'Warm Homes Keep You Well'.
Residents will be able to get advice on applying for benefits
they are entitled to and grants to make their homes warmer and
cheaper to heat. There will also be information about free home
energy checks and draught-proofing.
The event will be open from 10am until 1pm and will take place
on Friday 30th March at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow
Christine Lawrence, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
for Communities, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Having a warm
and dry home is vitally important, especially for older people,
families with young children and people with disabilities. Somerset
County Councils successful bid for a £190,000 grant
from the Governments Warm Homes, Healthy Lives fund was
made in partnership with the five district councils, the NHS and
more than a dozen voluntary and community organisations."
The grant from the Warm Homes, Healthy Lives fund will fund the
community events, training for front-line workers and volunteers,
and cover the supply and fitting of 200 free Warm Home kits
which include draft excluders, tank jackets and pipe lagging
for those in greatest need.
The organisations involved in the project are: Somerset County
Council, NHS Somerset Public Health, Mendip District Council,
Sedgemoor District Council, South Somerset District Council, West
Somerset District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Community
Council for Somerset, Somerset Community Foundation, Ridgeway
Care and Repair, Red Cross, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue,
Age UK Somerset, Carers UK, Citizens Advice Bureau, Centre for
Sustainable Energy, Exmoor National Park, and the Somerset Local
Authorities Civil Contingencies Partnership.
The Community Council for Somerset has arranged 20 events across
Somerset for local residents. Further free advice is also available
on Somerset County Council's website here
or by calling 0845 345 9133.