11 Apr 2017
‘Warmth for Wellbeing’ was a pioneering 15 month fuel poverty intervention project that lasted from January 2016 – March 2017. Funded by the British Gas ‘Healthy Homes’ programme, the project was supported Brighton & Hove City Council and involved 13 partners from the community and voluntary sectors across the city, including Citizens Advice, Money Advice Plus, and BHESCo.
As of March 2017, the programme had provided direct support to more than 555 households, with BHESCo delivering 220 free home energy surveys and helping residents to save an estimated £34,000 on winter fuel bills!
The Universities of Brighton & Sussex were asked to provide an independent evaluation of the project, and concluded that Warmth for Wellbeing had a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable people living in cold homes in Brighton and Hove.
Paul Bramwell of Citizens Advice and lead co-ordinator of Warmth For Wellbeing, said that “the project has clearly reached some of the most vulnerable people across Brighton & Hove and it is pleasing that we have been able to help people who need it.”
BHESCo were acknowledged by clients and project partners alike as being a cornerstone of the project’s success, and were recognised as demonstrating a level of ‘care’ from an energy service provider that stood out as being in distinct contrast with how people are ‘normally treated’ by energy companies.
The full report can be viewed here.
Find out how to reduce your fuel bills and energy use by visiting our Energy Saving Service page.
08 Jul 2015
Where? St Cuthman’s Church, Whitehawk Way and the green spaces down to the Crew Club
What? Games, activities and stalls including a water slide, live music and dance, BBQ food and drink, horse and cart rides, crafts and local history, DueEast Brighton walking football cup, Secret Theatre.
BHESCo will be setting up an Energy Desk at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton on Saturday 17th January.
We will be giving expert advice about reducing energy costs, including cost effective ways to keep your home warm, checking whether you are on the right tarrif, and what support you can expect from your supplier.
Bring along your fuel bills so we can check them and see if you are paying a fair amount, and if not we will suggest ways to put this right.
Alongside our energy desk, in the next room, will be the Repair Cafe. If you have something that needs repairing, such as clothing, equipment or bicycles, and you are thinking of throwing it away, bring it along and get help and advice about giving it a new lease of life.
BHESCo’s Energy Desk will run from 10am – 2pm. The Repair Cafe runs from 11.00 am – 1.00pm
Britain’s first ever community-owned pub on a housing estate is set to re-open after a 3-year campaign by local residents, and the party will kick off with a blessing from the local Vicar who has done so much to make the miracle happen.
Father John Wall, the Vicar of Moulsecoomb in Brighton, will be blessing the re-opening of The Bevy on Saturday 13th December 5.30pm.
The Bevy will be the first community-owned pub on a housing estate in the UK – but will be so much more than just a pub. Bucking the trend of 20 pubs closing a week, the Bevy will not just be serving beers, but be a much-needed family-oriented pub and café for the Bevendean and Moulsecoomb communities.
Formerly The Bevendean Hotel, it closed in 2010 leaving nearly 18,000 people miles away from a pub despite being part of one of Britain’s liveliest cities. Residents fought to get the old pub re-opened and have raised much of the £200,000 needed themselves and regular ‘work-ins’ have seen volunteers give up their weekends to fit out the pub ahead of its grand opening.
More than 700 people have bought ‘community shares’ and are now owners of the pub – the most of any co-op pub in the country.