This January will see the ground-breaking Healthy Homes Healthy People project arrive 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 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 by our team of Community Workers who will be attending events and visiting households across the county. They can offer detailed energy efficiency advice as well as a range of free advice and support.
Help on offer includes; energy efficiency advice, heating measures, home safety advice and improvements, reducing utility bills, advising on benefit availability, making partner referrals and much more besides.
The team will be starting work in Aberavon and Sandfields and over the next 12 months in Neath and Port Talbot are planning to deliver energy efficiency advice to 3,500 homes and carry out more than 300 in-depth face-to-face appointments.
Jonathan Cosson, Director of Warm Wales, talked about the achievements of the project in Cardiff.
“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 completed, we have partnered with Neath Port Talbot Council to expand the project. It’s very much a team effort and we’ll be working alongside Welsh Water, Care & Repair, Citizens Advice, Tai Tarian, Coastal Housing, NPT Foodbank, Nest and Thrive, to deliver real benefits to householders.
The project is getting underway in January 2020 with the community team starting in Sandfields East, Sandfields West and Aberavon. The project is also accepting direct referrals from householders which can be made by visiting the Warm Wales website.[:]