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ANTs invade Children’s Centres in West Cornwall

Children’s centres across West Cornwall have joined a campaign to address fuel poverty in Cornwall.

On Friday (18th December) local MP Andrew George joined staff from Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s award winning charity that delivers local solutions to fuel poverty and energy efficiency, at a fun information session for parents and children at St Just & Pendeen Children’s Centre.

Community Energy Plus’s Warm Me Up! campaign is working with key partner organisations, including the Primary Care Trust, to deliver fuel poverty awareness training to front line workers.  The charity recognises that care professionals are in a unique position to identify households that are, or may be at risk of, being in fuel poverty.  A simple referral to the Energy Saving Trust advice centre can help to make homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to run.

The Active Network Teams (ANTs) project within Warm Me Up! programme started in April and has already provided training for more than 100 frontline workers in Cornwall.

During December six children’s centres in West Cornwall are hosting events to promote the importance of keeping homes warm and highlight to parents the help available though Community Energy Plus to access free or discounted loft and cavity wall insulation and advice on ways to save energy.

Alec Rice, Community Education and Fuel Poverty Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus said: “Cold homes significantly affect the health of older people, children and those living with long term illnesses and disability and we’re keen to promote the importance of staying warm and the free help that’s available to for low-income households to fight fuel poverty.  Active Network Teams are doing a great job at raising awareness of fuel poverty across the county and we’re delighted to work with Children’s Centres in West Cornwall to get their staff onboard with the initiative.”

Andrew George MP said: “With rising bills and unfair tariff structures fuel poverty is a serious issue. It now affects more than one in five households in Cornwall. A joined up approach between front line care providers and Community Energy Plus is an excellent way of targeting advice towards those who need the help, but don’t know where to find it.”

Real ant farms, funded by the NEA (The National Energy Action Charity) through their Warm Homes Campaign, have been supplied to six Children’s Centres in West Cornwall to provide a lasting reminder of the role that Active Network Teams can play in improving the warmth and wellbeing of households across the county.

For information about free and impartial advice on loft and cavity wall insulation schemes contact the Energy Saving Trust’s Advice Centre on 0800 512012.

Care providers and community volunteer groups interested in joining the

Active Network Teams initiative should contact Alec Rice at Community Energy Plus on 01209 614971.