“Like many other organisations and charities our services have evolved recently due to the COVID19 Pandemic. What would usually have been a quieter period for us after a busy winter of helping people in North Yorkshire, with fuel poverty, some in cold and damp homes has now become much busier due to people worrying about having to pay their fuel bills.
Our region has been hit hard by the Coronavirus with the Tourism Industry and all the jobs that come with this currently at risk. Richmondshire, for example tops the list for those most at risk from losing their jobs (a third of the population), with Scarborough and Ryedale both featuring in the top ten according to a recent survey. People are now struggling to make ends meet and pay their fuel bills. Recent Citizens Advice research has indicted that 6 million people are now behind with their household bills across the UK and we would like North Yorkshire to know we are here to help during these difficult times.
We have been working hard with our partner organisations which include Citizens Advice Mid North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council, Age UK and many others to make sure people's needs are met across the region when it comes to fuel poverty in these unparalleled times. We have seen an increase in people in rural North Yorkshire that are self-isolating that are not connected to the main gas supply and rely on expensive, oil heating deliveries or coal for example. We managed to get a free coal delivery to one family on Good Friday who had no money and no means of heating their home this month along with some blankets.
We have also made this month #YorkshireEnergySavingsMonth or #YESM20. Keep following us on Social Media for lots of Energy Savings on Facebook and Twitter.
We want people to know that we are here for them, from Selby to Scarborough and from Skipton to Malton. Our friendly Energy Specialist Advisers are on hand 5 days a week from 9-5 to support people across the seven districts of North Yorkshire for all their Energy problems. You can contact them today at 01609 767 555.
The great thing about our service is if you are worried about a family member, loved one or a neighbour you can refer them to us from our website at https://www.warmandwell.org.uk/Referral-Form and we will contact them as soon as we can to see what their needs are and how we can help them best. We are not just about helping the elderly and vulnerable although this counts for a lot of our work. We help families and people from all different backgrounds that may suddenly find themselves in fuel poverty whatever their housing status is. If you would like to know more please contact us today to see how we can help!”