Key facts

  • Location


  • Partner

    Direct Help & Advice (DHA)

  • Timeline

    February 2015 - February 2016



Direct Help & Advice (DHA) – Keeping Erewash Warm

DHA currently deliver free Quality Marked Legal Advice to people in need of help with housing, debt and welfare benefits. The ‘Keeping Erewash Warm’ project will complement their current activities by providing one-to-one support and advice locally to enable families and local residents to move out of fuel poverty and live in warmer homes. The project will also add value and utilise this expertise to DHA’s existing client base and to the wider community through delivering face-to-face sessions, combining energy efficiency advice and information with money education and debt advice.

The project will offer advice, signposting and guidance on maximising income through identifying eligible grants, assistance with applications and help to reduce outgoings. A new City & Guilds 6281-01 qualified Energy Advisor will reach additional 100 – 150 clients per year. The Energy Advisor will visit clients at their home and deliver group workshops to offering:

  • Energy efficiency and behaviour change advice to help clients reduce future bills.
  • Advice on making energy efficiency improvements to the home (insulation, draught proofing, boiler upgrades, etc)
  • Help with understanding energy bills.
  • Checking energy bills are correct.
  • Help with reading gas and electricity meters.
  • Support to clients in selecting the most appropriate supplier/ tariff for their needs.
  • Loan of energy cost meters to help clients understand their household’s energy use.
  • Advice on how to apply to trust funds for energy efficient household equipment.
  • Advice and support to access free or low cost insulation and boiler repairs/replacement

‘Keeping Erewash Warm’ will also offer all these services in close partnership with a large number of organisations across Derbyshire including County and Local borough Councils and likeminded organisations and charities.

You can read the first quarterly report here.

You can read the second quarterly report here.

You can read the third quarterly report here.

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