Isles of Scilly Winter Wellbeing campaign launched

Isles of ScillyAs winter approaches Britain’s most westerly isles, the Inclusion Cornwall team flew to the Isles of Scilly with colleagues from Cornwall Rural Community Charity to meet with local residents and partners to launch this year’s Winter Wellbeing campaign and advise on saving money by changing energy tariffs.

The Winter Wellbeing campaign aims to tackle fuel poverty and includes targeted support such as payments for fuel, heated blankets and boiler repairs as well as advice and guidance. Residents were invited to events held at the Library on St Mary’s and the Weslyan Building and members also visited residents in their homes. Around 60 residents and partners attended the launch events including community nurses, practice nurses and Age UK.

Bev Wilson (left) from Inclusion Cornwall met with residents and partners on the Isles of Scilly

Andrea Gilbert and Bev Wilson from Inclusion Cornwall, talked to residents and partners about the support that would be available during the Winter Wellbeing campaign and distributed crisis forms as well as the latest Isles of Scilly Winter Wellbeing Guide. Last year 28 residents received winter fuel payments and many more were supported through the winter months.

Colleagues from CRCC also promoted Big Energy Saving Week with a particular emphasis on improving residents’ energy tariffs to save money – in one previous example this led to a saving of £720 per year! They are also dedicated to improving IT issues and providing digital support to improve lives.

img_1990The launch in the Isles of Scilly forms part of a county wide Winter Wellbeing campaign which will see it rolled out across the mainland as well.

More information about this year’s Winter Wellbeing campaign and support can be found here. winter-wellbeing-no