In November 2017, Government figures confirmed that last year there was a 39.5% increase in excess deaths from cold related illnesses. It equates to 9,700 people or 11 pensioners dying through the cold every hour last winter. Nationally, 1.4m pensioners are at risk of fuel poverty.
Southwark Pensioners Centre, with its partners, is doing its bit to help tackle the problem.
They became part of the Big Energy Saving Network run by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and can now offer the following:
Winter warmers - events where people can come in and talk about what they do to stay warm and well in winter and learn what they can do to save money on their energy costs. The first one takes place this Saturday here at the centre.
Frontline worker training - free training sessions lasting an hour and a half to two hours where we help your workers and volunteers to learn how they can help older people and other groups to save money.
Energy clinics - weekly appointments available to help people identify where they can save money and help them to action it.
Spread the word among your networks!
Please do tell Southwark Pensioners Centre of other fuel poverty support and advice services in Southwark that you are aware of as they would also like to ensure that people are aware of local resources.
Get in touch and find out more:
305-307 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0HQ
T: 0207 708 4556