There are an estimated 27 thousand deaths in England and Wales each year caused by the effects of Fuel Poverty.
The North East has the second highest rate of households judged to be in fuel poverty in England (Dpt of Energy- Fuel Poverty Report 2011)
Previously known as Winter Warmth, The Stay Safe and Warm campaign was launched originally in November 2008 and was developed to offer a local initiative that would support
The Governments objectives of combating fuel poverty by delivering immediate, short term risk reduction equipment to those who were suffering the effects of cold weather.
Led by Cleveland Fire Brigade, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers faced by people who struggle to keep warm and to highlight the support and help available to them.
What the Brigade offer
We offer 24 hour, seven day a week support, responding to referrals and making home risk assessments. All Stay Safe and Warm Referrals are responded to within one hour.
Where Cleveland residents have been identified as suffering from the effects of a cold home, we can deliver risk reduction equipment such as portable heaters, electric blankets, thermal blankets, flasks, torches and wind up lanterns. The advocate team will offer an holistic assessment of client needs and refer on to other agencies as appropriate
There is no other eligibility other than the resident is at risk of the effects of cold, either long or short term. For instance, in case of boiler breakdown and parts are on order or when a heating system has been condemned and resident is unable to pay for replacement or repairs.
Some people simply cannot afford to have heating on or their existing heating supply is inadequate and fails to heat the property. Our youngest recipient is 16 years and the eldest is 94 years.
This service is free to Cleveland residents and is non means tested
Referrals are received from various organisations and partners such as Voluntary and Community sector, Primary Care Trusts, Members of the community etc via a telephone call to the Brigade control on 01429 874063.