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Project information

Safe Warm Homes for Older People

A warm home in winter is something most of us take for granted but many older people can't afford to keep their homes warm. The Care & Repair winter hardship fund provides a lifeline for vulnerable older people who are struggling to keep warm and cannot find help from elsewhere.

December 2018 - April 2019

Charity information: Care & Repair Cymru

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  • Need


    In Wales there are around 140,000 pensioner households living in fuel poverty and every year there are around 2,000 excess winter deaths. During 2016-17 over 90% of these deaths people over 65 years of age. The main causes were respiratory disease, circulatory disease, althzeimer's and dementia. These illnesses are very common in old age and can be exacerbated by cold, damp, unfit and inadequately heated homes.
    With a little bit of Care & Repair these deaths can be prevented.


    Last year Care & Repair helped 2,000 older people to make their homes warm and safe for winter and our hardship fund provided a lifeline when other funding could not be found. Our home safety assessment is available to vulnerable older people in every corner of Wales. We help our clients to repair, improve or adapt their home so they can keep safe and warm. A donation to our hardship fund will help cover the cost of essential work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide hardship payments to older people at risk from cold, damp housing.


    » To carry out a safe home assessment and identify those older people who need help to make their homes safe and warm.
    » To receive and process applications to the Healthy Homes for Older People hardship fund.

    What success will look like

    Record the number of payments made from the hardship fund and type of work carried out.
    Provide case studies of those who have received support.

    Aim 2

    To take practical measures to make homes safer and warmer for older people


    » Installation of handrails, grab rails, works to repair damaged steps, installing ramping, repair and fixing loose carpets.
    » Income assessment and benefits check, help in applying for unclaimed benefits and accessing benevolent funds.
    » Additional help with warm homes measures such as replacing boilers and heating systems, draught proofing, loft insulation and wall insulation.

    What success will look like

    Number of older people receiving help to make their home warmer.
    Amount of additional household income raised through income enhancement.

  • Impact


    Improving the quality of life, independence and well being of older people.
    Reducing the number of excess winter deaths in Wales.
    Reducing the number of hospital admission due to falls in the home.

    Information provided by the care & repair national information system.
    Feedback from clients receiving the service.
    Monitor information form public health Wales, Office of National Statistics and the Wales Audit Office.


    We may not be able to raise enough funding to make a difference.
    We will continue to campaign to fight fuel poverty and reduce the number of excess winter deaths each year.


    We will provide a personal thank you, feedback on the numbers who are helped by the campaign and case studies to demonstrate the impact on quality of life.

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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,800 Healthy Homes for Older People Payments for essential work to make the home warm and safe to address fuel poverty.
  • Background


    The project will be delivered by Care & Repair Cymru in partnership with 13 local Care & Repair agencies covering the whole of Wales.


    Older people age 60+ who own their own home and live in Wales.
    90% of clients are over 90.
    The average age is 77.
    37% are living in isolation.
    Older people living in poorest housing in urban and rural areas of Wales.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Care & Repair Cymru has a 30 years track record of delivering a trusted caring professional service across Wales. We provide support services to 13 local Care & Repair agencies who jointly offer Wales wide service which helps around 40,000 older people every year. There is no other organisation offering a Wales wide, comprehensive home improvement service for older people encompassing FREE home safety checks, handy person services, technical services and income maximisation

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Clarke

    Receiving and processing applicaitons

    Kennedy Dosamah

    Receiving and processing applications

    Vera Brinkworth

    Communication and marketing

    Sheleagh Llewellyn

    Fundraising Officer Leading Big Give Christmas Appeal

"I and my husband would really recommend Care & Repair to anybody."


10 x £10 will pay for draught proofing of doors and windows

Without Care & Repair I would be in hospital or dead. I now have a warm, safe home, I am independent and I have got my life back. I am so grateful for this service.

Mr Davies, age 76