PIONEERING SCHEME Warm Homes Oldham has scooped another national accolade.
The initiative, which helps people to stay warm and well, was named winner of the Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 sustainability category.
Warm Homes Oldham was launched in 2012 by Oldham Council, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership (OHIP).
Since then the scheme has helped over 3,500 people out of fuel poverty and picked up a number of awards along the way.
Warm Homes Oldham helps by providing home improvements, such as boilers and insulation, as well as support from qualified advisors in saving energy and maximising income.
Cllr Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “Over the last year alone Warm Homes Oldham has helped nearly 600 households out of fuel poverty, saving them around £600,000 a year off their energy bills and ensuring they can afford to keep their heating on in winter.
“It is proven that a warm home has a positive impact on both physical and mental health.
“Over 80 per cent of people helped by Warm Homes Oldham reported a positive impact on their general health and wellbeing.
“Almost all who self-reported as being at ‘high risk’ of mental illness moved to ‘low risk’ and 96 per cent of people helped said their home was easier to heat.
“This invaluable scheme grows from strength to strength every year and to receive another award is icing on the cake.”
For more information or to book a free home visit go to www.warmhomesoldham.org or call 0800 019 1084.