Project helping veterans affected by fuel poverty gets underway

Power Force is a new project from Veterans' Gateway partner The Footprint Trust aimed at directly helping the ex-Service community on the Isle of Wight who are suffering the effects of fuel poverty.

A survey carried out by The Royal British Legion in 2014 found that two in ten in the ex-Service community had turned the heating down or off, despite it being too cold (a measure of fuel poverty).

The Footprint Trust will reach out to veterans and their families through local Legion branches, public events, cafes, social clubs, etc. The service is available to those who have served, their families and dependents.

Experts from the Trust are offering ex-Service people free home energy-saving advice and information on grants and other help available to reduce energy and water bills.

Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust, said: "We are very keen to hear from younger people who have recently left the Armed Forces, and might not be aware of help available from ourselves and Royal British Legion.

"Our work in the past has often brought us in touch with the widows whose late husbands did National Service, and were unaware that they too could be assisted.

"A very important part of our work is helping those who are in fuel poverty. We assist over 1000 local people a year through guidance and support, saving many households some £200 per year on their utility bills and accessing grants for energy efficiency measures."

Chris Pitman, a beneficiary of the project, said: "I find it hard to ask for help but saw the ad for The Footprint Trust's Energy Event and went along for help with my heating. They came round to my house, and it didn't take them long to suss out what I needed, and they did it in a way which was not in my face. I think there are lots of people who need help and who are being by-passed - but The Footprint Trust will definitely help, and if they can't they seem to know who can."

For more information, visit the Footprint Trust website.

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