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Project information

Heat or Eat!

Preventing and addressing poverty felt by older people.

1-3 years depending on funding achieved

Charity information: Age Cymru Sir Gar

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  • Need


    The problem we are trying to prevent is that of older people going into health decline because of poor income. Poor income means that older people often reduce food consumption - and in the winter heating and warm clothing - in order to pay bills such as water rates, council tax, bedroom tax, just to keep a roof over their heads. They often can't improve income by changing home because of a lack of suitable housing stock. They nearly always live alone without family support.


    Our project will be proactive by going into the community to reach groups of older people and hard to reach older people via talks, links with other organisations and referrals from statutory services. Volunteers will visit with vulnerable older people to provide holistic ongoing support for an unspecific length of time. Support will include income maximisation, access to energy grants and advice, access to social inclusion and advice on healthy eating and wellbeing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to maximise income


    » Using staff and volunteers, we will carry out a benefits health check and provide practical support to access eligible benefits.

    What success will look like

    quanitative data demonstrating income rasied for number of clients.

    Aim 2

    to support older people resolve any issues caused by poverty,


    » volunteers will support clients to access services to resolve problems caused by poverty, ie handyperson services, social inclusion

    What success will look like

    clients will express a feeling of better wellbeing than prior to our involvement. Qualitative data based on benchmarking

  • Impact


    more income
    better general health through better nutrition
    new friendships

    quantitative and qualitative benchmarked data.


    a risk assessment has not yet been done.


    quarterly or bi-annuall financial and data reports

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £52,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 staffing etc recruitment of 1 x welfare benefits officer (includes oncosts)
      £14,000 volunteers recruitment, training, retention & support & expenses and hospitality
      £5,000 overheads & management staff accommodation, management and support
      £3,000 promotion to include promotional materials, such as flyers, adverts, posters etc.
  • Background


    the project will be delivered throughout the county of Carmarthenshire. It will be specifically delivered in the homes of older people on a one-to-one basis and through access to older people at older people's groups. There are approximately 70 older people's groups, 72 town & community councils, 1 older persons forum and a large number of older people's statutory and voluntary organisations.


    approximately 72,000 older people in a population of more than 180,000., ie almost one third of the population. 23% above national average of older people.
    6 areas of deprivation as per the welsh index of deprivation
    county is approximaely 1,000 square miles and comprises 3 urban areas and a vast rural area with small villages

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wwe are the premier independent older persons charity in Carmarthenshire. We are partnered by a national organisation, ie Age Cymru and Age UK. We are recognised by the statutory and voluntary sector as a quality organisation supporting older people in Carmarthenshire.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Welfare Benefits Officer

    this person will be key in identifying older people in need of the project and ensuring the training of volunteers.