A ground-breaking street level project, called Healthy Homes Healthy People, has launched in Neath Port Talbot. Run by a local Community Interest Company, with the support of a dozen local organisations, the project is set to make a real difference to people who are struggling to pay their bills or heat their homes.
Healthy Homes Healthy People is managed by Warm Wales and delivered with financial backing from Wales & West Utilities, the support of Neath Port Talbot Council and a range of partners. Running since 2018 the project has already saved householders in three Welsh counties more than £1.3 million, and is looking to deliver the same benefits for residents in Neath Port Talbot.
Healthy Homes Healthy People is delivered on the ground through a team of Community Workers who will be visiting households across the county and offering a range of free advice and support. Help on offer includes; energy efficiency, heating measures, home safety, reducing utility bills, benefit availability, partner referrals and much more. Over the next 12 months the team are planning to deliver energy efficiency advice to 3,500 homes and carry out more than 300 face-to-face appointments.
Jonathan Cosson, Director of, Warm Wales, talked about the achievements of the project to date.
“After running the project in Cardiff, we know that our Community Workers are making a real difference. We’ve been delighted with the overall savings achieved through Healthy Homes Healthy People and with the dozens of individual testimonials we’ve received. These comments make very clear how much a saving on a water bill or a benefit referral means to someone on low income.”
With schemes in Cardiff and RCT complete, Warm Wales have partnered with Neath Port Talbot Council to expand the project. It’s very much a team effort and Warm Wales will be working alongside Welsh Water, Care & Repair, Citizens Advice, Tai Tarian, Coastal Housing, NPT Foodbank, Nest, Thrive and others, to deliver real benefits to householders. The project got underway on January 6th with the community team starting work in Sandfields East, Sandfields West and Aberavon. The project is also accepting direct referrals from householders which can be made on the Warm Wales website.