The local armed forces community is being encouraged to attend a drop-in event to find out how they can keep their homes warm and save money this winter.
Barnsley's Armed Forces Energy Action Day will take place from 9.30am – 12.30pm on Friday 15 February inside Barnsley’s brand new market - at the bottom of the escalators. Local services in the borough dedicated to serving personnel, veterans and armed forces families will be on hand providing advice and support. The event is open to anyone in Barnsley, particularly those with a connection to the armed forces including those in work, on benefits or who are retired.
Barnsley Council has organised the day alongside other members of Barnsley’s Armed Forces Community Covenant. The covenant, which was signed in 2012, is the council’s commitment to supporting the estimated one in 10 residents of Barnsley with a connection to the armed forces.
The main focus of the event will be on highlighting the Forces for Warmth scheme for the armed forces community, which is provided by National Energy Action. The project offers information on taking action on energy bills, improving heating at home and reducing damp and condensation. Barnsley Council’s Housing and Energy team, the Royal British Legion and armed forces charity SSAFA, will also be attending the event alongside a host of other local organisations.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at National Energy Action said: “Last winter the number of excess winter deaths was the highest since 1975. It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. This is why NEA committed to providing funding to so many different organisations across the country. We anticipate that the funding will make it possible for Barnsley Council to provide much-needed support for residents within the local area”.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Throughout the winter, our Housing and Energy team have been working hard to promote the Warm Safe Homes Campaign. They have been out and about around the borough offering help and advice on how to keep warm, stay well and save money. From encouraging residents to take advantage of boilers and insulation offered by Better Homes Barnsley and the new Barnsley Energy Tariff to providing information on other vital services available to help keep homes warm.
“Our energy action day will close this campaign by focusing on the estimated one in 10 residents in Barnsley who have a connection with the armed forces. Making sure this community knows about the advice and support on offer for them to take control of their energy bills is especially important.
"We don’t want anyone to feel they have to struggle during the cold weather when there is help available. I urge anyone living in a cold home or concerned about their energy bills to please get in touch.”
The councils Housing and Energy team will also be in Penistone Market on Thursday 14 February.
For more information on the Armed Forces Community Covenant visit: www.barnsley.gov.uk/armedforcessupport
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