SURVIVING WINTER APPEAL
The Community Foundation is calling on all who can afford to to forego their Winter Fuel Payment and to donate the money to those for whom it is not nearly enough. The money raised by the Appeal will be used to support local charities and community organisations who can reach the people most in need
November 2012 - March 2013
Charity information: Wiltshire Community Foundation
It is shocking that vulnerable people die each winter from causes directly attributable to the cold and poor living conditions, with the vast majority being aged 65 of over. It is shocking that older people in Wiltshire and Swindon live in fuel poverty, many in remote rural areas. It is shocking, in the 21st century, that so many people in our society struggle to stay warm and healthy during the coldest weather.
The money raised by the Surviving Winter Appeal will be used to support local charities and community organisations who can reach the people most in need of help and make sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile, as well as help them in practical ways such as ensuring they can make doctor's appointments, get to the shops, and maintain an active social life.
To increase funds available to people in fuel poverty and groups supporting the old and vulnerable
Activities» Ask people who feel they can afford to to donate their Winter Fuel Payment to this cause
What success will look like
Success will be to see a reduction in winter related deaths and extreme suffering due to cold weather.
Some of the funding will address fuel poverty brought about by inefficient homes which will provide a long term benefit. Other funding will help older people to keep active and to eat more 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 not experiencing fuel poverty that they would willingly pass on their WFP to those in need.
The outcomes will be monitored by working closely with the groups supported by the appeal and by liaising with the local authority to observe the impact on health and fuel poverty related statistics by the intervention.
Budget - Project Cost: £60,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £60,000 Grant Making Grants to groups/individuals
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Wiltshire Council £20,000 Guaranteed Swindon Bourough Council £10,000 Guaranteed
Wiltshire and Swindon
Older and vulnerable people in Wiltshitre and Swindon experiencing hardship in winter through fuel poverty and isolation
The Community Foundation has links to hundreds of groups meeting the needs of older and vulnerable people right across Wiltshire and Swindon.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Programme Director - coordination of grant making to individuals and groups making a difference to older and vulnerable people
A single pensioners winter fuel bill
This initiative is the kind of thoughtful and compassionate enterprise which illustrates to me what a Big Society should be about