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Staffordshire Warm Homes’ programme - Invitation to Briefing workshop

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Thursday 4 April 2019 10-2pm Staffordshire County Council SPI

You are iinvited to a briefing workshop on the ‘Staffordshire Warm Homes’ programme to tackle fuel poverty. Your involvement and engagement with the programme at this early stage will have a positive impact on delivery. In particular we are asking for your help to support the County wide approach and the enhancement of existing networks and wider referral pathways in to the new programme.

As key organisations who interact daily with residents across the county you are best placed to promote, and refer eligible individuals into, the programme. An overview of the scheme, including details of funding and involved partners, is attached to this invite for your information. 

The ‘Staffordshire Warm Homes’ programme is great news for families across the county and will enable 1,000 fuel poor households to receive new boilers, with 800 of those being connected to mains gas for the first time.  In addition to this, wider support and advice around making homes easier to keep warm and appropriate access to benefits will be given to around 12,000 individuals.

This is an exciting opportunity to evolve a consistent and comprehensive approach to support Energy Efficiency and Health across Staffordshire with the effective wider engagement of stakeholders and partners in the process.

We will shortly be bidding for a programme in rural areas (to partner the new Urban programme). Staffordshire Warmer homes also has wider ambitions to lead a bid for a national demonstrator project across 5 Midlands Counties (To Innovate UK for the Aging Grand Challenge).

Aims of the Briefing Workshop?

  • Enable the full range of local partners & stakeholders, across public and Voluntary sectors, to understand and participate in the programme development and its effective implementation.
  • Provide the strategic background, outline and design of the pending SWH programme, including how vulnerable households will be targeted
  • Describe how all partners can support the programme, including appropriate referral in to the programme, eligibility criteria and drawing in wider services and support
  • Provide a high-level description of the ‘customer journey’ and the touch points with services along the way.
  • Provide an opportunity for an ‘open conversation’ about the programme, in particular what will be most useful to enable you to understand and get involved. This may include some discussion or exercises around the practical process of identifying vulnerable clients and referring in to the programme.
  • An open Q&A session with delivery partners; Staffordshire Warm Homes, E.ON and Beat the Cold.

The workshop will be facilitated by the Council, E.ON and Beat the Cold.

Please let me know asap if your organisation can attend and at the latest by Thurs 21st March.

David.sugden@staffordshire.gov.uk Tel. 01785 276707