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Support for Individuals
Keeping warm in winter is especially important as we get older as changes to our bodies often mean cold weather and winter bugs affect us more than they used to. The good news is there are things you can do to stay warm and well.
- Keep moving
- Eat well
- Get your winter vaccinations
- Make sure your home is warm enough
- Stop the spread of germs
- Wrap up well
- Stay stocked up
- Be aware of your heart and circulation
- Take extra care when out and about
Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
CSE help you save money on your energy bills and make your home warmer!
With information and advice on:Visit the CSE website
Or contact the Home Energy Team. Free telephone advice line operating Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm 0800 038 5730 (Somerset)
Household bills are on the rise and we understand this might be difficult for you.If you are struggling with the cost ofliving, you are not alone. CA can help with:
- Struggling to pay your bills
- Your energy meter
- Save energy at home
- Problems with your bill
- Get a better energy deal
- Problems with your energy supply
You can call theAdvicelineon 0808 27 87842 during Monday & Friday hours or extended evening Adviceline hours:
- Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 4pm – 8pm
Find your Somerset local Citizens Advice Centre and see them in personVisit Somerset Citizens Advice
Government Advice: How to save energy and lower your bills this winter.
The Government have created recourses: Find out what actions you can take to get ready for winter and save money on your energy bills.Read more
Spark Somerset: Find a Warm Space
If you are struggling to heat your home you can visit any warm space in Somerset at no cost. To find your nearest Warm Space visit the Spark Somerset Map below:Somerset Warm Spaces
CCS Village & Community Agents
Being in a cold home can seriously affect your health and our Village Agents can help as distributors of the Somerset Community Foundation Surviving Winter Grant.
Help is at hand! The grant can be used for:
- 🔥 Fuel costs/heating
- 🏡 Improving heat retention: curtains, carpets, drafts
- 🍳 Cooking facilities – making sure you can cook hot food, or we can provide hot meals if you cannot cook for yourself
- 🧥👢 Warm clothes, waterproof shoes
Martin Lewis – Heat the Human not the Home
This guide’s all about how to keep warm if you’re at the point of cutting back on heating. But before you do, there are a few important things to consider:
- It may be dangerous for older people, or those with asthma and other health conditions. If in doubt, consult your GP and follow their advice. Age UK told usit’s important older people do all they can to stay as warm as possible.
- Will it impact your mental health?Some say a cold home affects their mental healthand motivation.
- Rent your home? Check what your contract says about heating. Some landlords stipulate you must turn the heating on regularly, or keep the home at a minimum temperature.
Talking Cafes provide a local place you can pop into, for advice and support from your local CCS Village & Community Agent on anything that is worrying you, or if you just want a friendly chat.Read more
FREE Eco Halls pack
We have a the complete package for your Community Buildings to reduce its running costs, making changes towards reaching net zero!
With DIY energy audit, advice on renewables, top tips on reducing your running costs, funding opportunities, making environmental changes, decarbonisation plans, free templates and consultation advice.Visit our Eco Halls information page to download your FREE resources
Spark Somerset: Warm Spaces
A Warm Welcome space is open to anyone who needs it, whether they are feeling lonely, struggling to heat their home or for any other reason. It can be based in any community building and will provide a warm and friendly environment where people can socialise over a hot drink and take part in activities.Read more
Resource Futures is a B-Corp certified environmental consultancy working with the private, public and non-profit sectors to enable positive management of material resources for a sustainable world.
Working with business, governments, local authorities and communities to minimise the impact of production and consumption through reduction, reuse, recycling and circular business models.Read more
Community First in Yorkshire, one of the rural community councils network members have created a Community Toolkit to protect the environment by making small but significant changes in your community.
This toolkit brings together simple to understand and useful resources to help individuals, communities and charitable organisations take steps to reduce their environmental impact and tackle climate change at a local level.Read more
FREE CCS Energy Audit
Take your first steps to reducing your running cost by conducting an energy audit on your business premises. The audit process will help you to identify and prioritise appropriate, cost-effective improvements.Download your FREE Energy Audit
Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) offer a professional retrofit services for businesses, councils and social housing providers. CSE has delivered energy advice to householders for over 40 years, and have advised and worked on hundreds of energy efficiency schemes for local authorities, social housing providers and others.
This ranges from managing installations and undertaking retrofit assessments of properties, to project coordination, writing bids for funding, and marketing the scheme to householders.Visit the CSE website for full details
Free business advice and support services for established businesses. Environmental considerations have become increasingly important for businesses.
Reduced costs & increased profitability –For example, reducing water, energy and raw materials usage can save money. Recycling equipment and materials could make you money and save on disposal costs.Read more
The Go Green schemes mission is to empower businesses to embrace sustainability, reduce their carbon footprint, and join the movement towards a greener, cleaner economy and environment.Read more
Somerset Green Business Grants are available to support Somerset micro and SME businesses – up to 250 employees – to take forward measures to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available. The closing date for full applications is 31 October 2023. We expect further grant opportunities for similar project activity to be announced in early 2024.Read more
Rural Communities Energy Support Network grants
The Centre for Sustainable Energy is offering small grants of up to £5k to community organisations in Somerset. The fund aims to increase the capacity for organisations to deliver energy advice to help vulnerable people in their communities. This opportunity is open to all community organisations involved in the Rural Communities Energy Support Network, which you can join when you submit an application.Read more
What we are doing..
We have launched our ‘Knit for your Neighbour’ campaign this month – November 2023.
We are looking for individuals and groups to come together and make beautifully warm blankets that our Village Agents can distribute to the most vulnerable this winter. Keeping them warm and well.
All completed blankets can be dropped off at any of our Talking Café venues across Somerset. Blankets can then be collected through the Talking Café venues as well, or our team of Village Agents will make sure that blankets are delivered to the most vulnerable if unable to get to a Talking Cafe.
If you don’t knit or sew, but would like to donate a blanket, we will also accept new blankets with tags on, but we are unable to accept secondhand blankets.