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Project information

Surviving Winter Appeal

The money raised will support local charities & community organisations in the West of England who can reach the people most in need of help. If you can afford to make a donation of some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment (WTP) then we need you!

November 2011 - February 2012

Charity information: Quartet Community Foundation

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  • Need


    Nationally 5.4 million households are living in fuel poverty; almost half of those are aged over 60. Older people living alone are most at risk and across the whole of the West of England 559 vulnerable people died from causes directly attributable to the cold and poor living conditions.


    The WFP is a universal payment made to everyone over the age of 60 on the electoral roll, during November and December so just a small percentage of these made as donations to the Surviving Winter Appeal would make a huge difference to those in need. 227,200 people in the West of England are eligible to receive the WFP & if 1% of them donated their winter fuel payment (based on lowest amount received e.g. £200) then £454,400 could be raised across West of England.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase funds supporting older & vulnerable people experiencing fuel poverty in the West of England


    » Raise awareness of the appeal so that those able to can donate their Winter Fuel Payment

    What success will look like

    Success will be to raise a substational amount of money that can be distributed to address the rising issue of fuel poverty across the West of England

  • Impact


    Educative/preventative work on increasing energy efficiency will be carried out by some of the organisations supported which will give long term impact on fuel poverty.


    The risk is that we are unable to support organisations working with older & vulnerable people in fuel poverty because not enough people feel able to donate their winter fuel payment. The Appeal has previously been run successfully by other Community Foundations and this year a national campaign has been launched so exposure is greater.


    We will keep donors updated on progress throughout the Appeal and report on casestudies where the work has made a significant impact to those living in fuel poverty.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Grantmaking To support older and vulnerable people experiencing fuel poverty in the West of England.
  • Background


    West of England - Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerst & South Gloucestershire


    Older and vulnerable people experiencing fuel poverty in the West of England

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Community Foundation has been giving grants to community projects for 25 years so has a very high knowledge of the groups and organisations in our community who are working with those affected by fuel poverty and those at greatest risk in the winter months.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jilly Edwards

    Project Manager

John Cullum, High Sheriff of Somerset

John Cullum, High Sheriff of Somerset

I am pleased to support this fuel poverty initiative and hope it will help encourage many others to help those vulnerable members of our community

John Cullum, High Sheriff of Somerset