GLOUCESTERSHIRE SURVIVING WINTER APPEAL
Gloucestershire Community Foundation is calling on all who can afford to forego their Winter Fuel Payment to donate the money to those for whom it is not nearly enough. The money raised by the Appeal will be used to reach the vulnerable and elderly most in need in our county.
December 2010 - March 2016
Gloucestershire Community Foundation
Many vulnerable people die each winter from causes directly attributable to the cold and poor living conditions, the vast majority being aged 65 or over. In Gloucestershire as many as 60,000 households are currently classed as living in fuel poverty. It is shocking that in the 21st century that people in our society struggle to stay warm and healthy during the coldest weather.
The money raised by the Gloucestershire Surviving Winter Appeal will be used to reach the people most in need of help to make sure that they can stay warm, eat well and remain mobile. The Foundation will use its ready made network of charities and community groups to identify winter need and ensure that the money raised gets to those who need it most.
To increase the funds available to individuals facing fuel poverty.
Activities» Invite people in receipt of winter fuel payment and who don't really need it, to donate the monies to the vulnerable and elderly in our county.
Success will be to see a reduction in winter related deaths and extreme suffering associated with cold weather.
Some of the funding will address fuel proverty brought about by inefficient homes, which will bring long term benefit. Other funding will help the elderly and vulnerable to keep active and to eat healthily providing benefits to them over the long term.
The risk is that people do not feel able to donate but we know from the work of other foundations and from talking to older people who do not experience fuel poverty, that they would be willing to pass on their winter fuel payment to those in need.
The outcomes will be monitored by working closely with our network of charities and community groups and by liaison with the local authority to observe the impact on health and winter related death statistics
Budget - Project Cost: £75,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £75,000 Grant Making Grants to groups/individuals
The elderly and vulnerable experiencing hardship in winter through fuel poverty isolation
Gloucestershire Community Foundation has links to hundreds of groups meeting the needs of older people right across Gloucestershire
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Grants Manager - coordination of grant making
Sally M Booth
Director - responsible for overseeing the Appeal
At times of economic stringency help needs to be targeted where most needed. I will be donating the WFA and would encourage others to do so too