Energy Action Scotland delivered a training session last week for local front line staff who work with clients who are at risk of fuel poverty and vulnerable to the health risks of living in a cold home, which is a significant issue in the Western Isles. The session was entitled Stay Warm, Stay Well and had two main aims: 

  • to improve understanding of domestic energy efficiency and the impact of fuel poverty and cold homes on vulnerable, low income households.
  • to raise awareness of schemes, grants and other support mechanisms for energy efficiency improvements, creating an effective means for linking those in need with the help that is available

For many consumers, understanding how to use energy wisely to make their home more energy efficient, and to get the right tariff and payment method, are daunting processes. Few understand the impact that living in a cold home has on their health.  Access to clear and impartial information and support is essential and key to enabling consumers to take more control of their own circumstances.

Feedback from staff taking part in the day was positive with comments such as: 

"I felt the whole day worthwhile, the trainer held our attention throughout the day.  The information and networking opportunity was invaluable, well done on a topical and extremely relevant training day."

"Really helpful for home and work, thank you! Good opportunity for inter-agency discussions as well." 

Organisations attending were:  Tighean Innse Gall, Macmillan, Citzens Advice Service, Social Security Scotland, The Carloway Estate Trust, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Kinloch Historical Society, Job Centre Plus, NHS Western Isles, Western Isles Community Care Forum and Home Energy Scotland. 

Get in touch with Tighean Innse Gall’s Energy Advice Team if you would like any advice on energy efficiency schemes, insulation measures, grants or switching tariff. 

Telephone:  01851 706121

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