Feb 07 2013

Harrow Housewarmers: Help and Information Events

harrow_housewarmers_logoPeople who need help heating their homes can get important advice at a series of roadshows.

The sessions, funded by the Harrow Housewarmers project, will run until the beginning of March.

Representatives of the scheme will be on hand to give vital advice on everything from energy efficiency and switching tariffs to benefit entitlement and how to apply for help paying off fuel debt. People will also be referred to the scheme’s contractors for help getting their home insulated. Harrow Housewarmers is run by Harrow Council, Age UK Harrow, Citizens Advice Bureau, Harrow Association of Disabled People and NHS Harrow.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety Cllr Phillip O’Dell said: “These road shows are really good way for people in need to get the necessary support. As well as practical help which will see them through the rest of the winter, they will also be given tips which will last them for years to come.”

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Cllr Margaret Davine said: “Harrow Housewamers has been a very successful scheme and I am very pleased that we are able to run it again this year. Supporting people in need is at the heart of what we do as a Council and this scheme will go a long way to helping vulnerable people across the borough.”

Harrow Housewarmers received funding of £82,065 from the Department of Health Warm Homes Healthy People fund, following on from a successful scheme last year. It is designed to help those who need it most, with advice on how to stay warm, grants to help people heat their homes and emergency items for people with low incomes and in crisis.

The next roadshow dates are:

  • February 19, Hatch End Library, Uxbridge Road , Hatch End, 11.30am – 1.30pm
  • February 21, 10.30am-12.30pm, North Harrow Library, 226 Imperial Drive , Harrow , HA2 7HJ
  • February 21, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Alexandra Avenue Health and Social Care Centre, 275 Alexandra Avenue , Harrow , HA2 9DX
  • February 22, St George’s Centre, 12pm to 2pm
  • February 28, 10am to 12pm, Civic Centre, Station Road , Harrow , HA1 2XY
  • March 5, 10 am to 11.30am, Waitrose South Harrow , 140 Northolt Rd, South Harrow , HA2 0EG

For more information, or to get help from the scheme, log onto www.harrow.gov.uk/harrowhousewarmers; call 020 8736 6030, or email harrow.housewarmers@harrow.gov.uk

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