Get your rainbow and chocolate sprinkles at the ready and get baking for The Nation’s Biggest Housewarming on Friday 15th February, to help raise funds and awareness of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

We are encouraging local residents to organise a ‘housewarming’ event by baking sweet and savoury treats, to sell to family, friends and colleagues at work.

The money raised will help charity National Energy Action (NEA) to promote the issue of fuel poverty and highlight how important it is to make sure people are able to stay warm and safe in their homes.

The Nation’s Biggest Housewarming is part of the Warm and Safe Homes Campaign which is NEA’s annual winter initiative, raising awareness amongst both politicians and members of the public of the problem of fuel poverty and the action needed to be taken at a policy level; as well as the help and support available locally for those struggling to heat their homes. The campaign runs throughout the winter and culminates with the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming and Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

NEA’s housewarming was established in 2014 and the fundraising effort takes place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland every February; activities have included office ‘Great British Bake Off’ competitions, community tea dances and even a ‘stay cosy by wearing your onesie to work’ day! More and more organisations participate each year and in 2019 more than 40 have signed up so far.

As well as raising money amongst its staff, we will be hosting an Energy Advice Surgery at its Wednesfield Housing Office on Friday 15th February. Our staff will be on hand to offer free energy advice and help residents living in cold homes or experiencing high energy bills. The event is being supported on the day by Emma Reynolds MP, Pat McFadden MP, Cllr John Reynolds and Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Homes – Shaun Aldis.

Shaun Aldis, Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Homes said:

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a staple day in our community calendar, as we recognise the issue of fuel poverty, not just to our residents but also to the wider community, which is why we welcome anyone to attend Friday’s energy advice surgery. We’re committed to ensuring residents have the knowledge and tools to keep their homes warm and keep their energy bills down. We’re proud to work alongside NEA to tackle this very real issue.”

Emma Reynolds MP said:

Too many families in the UK are living in cold homes which they cannot afford to heat. This is a national scandal. I know that locally Wolverhampton Homes are doing excellent work to support their tenants by making energy efficiency improvements to the houses and flats they look after. They also offer advice on how to save money on gas and electricity bills. I am looking forward to visiting Wolverhampton Homes to learn more about the measures they are taking to combat fuel poverty in our city."

Pat McFadden MP said:

At this time of year, energy bills are a big expense for people. It’s good that events like this are being organised to combat fuel poverty, promote measures to cut bills and make sure no one is paying more for energy than they need to.”

Jen Carruthers-Jones, Business and Partnerships Manager at NEA, said:

Every

 penny raised for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming will help us in the fight against fuel poverty. Last winter the number of excess winter deaths was the highest since 1975. It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. There are over four million people in the UK struggling to make ends meet, stay warm and healthy this winter. We would like to thank Wolverhampton Homes for playing their part to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

NEA’s Nation’s Biggest Housewarming aims to raise money to enable the charity to deliver community projects and continue to campaign to help over 4 million UK households currently suffering the effects of fuel poverty, unable to live in a warm, dry home.

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