Monday, 12 September 2011

HEALTH THROUGH WARMTH DOES THE DOUBLE AT NATIONAL AWARDS

RWE npower is delighted to announce that it’s Health Through Warmth scheme has been re-accredited with a Big Tick award by Business in the Community in the Jaguar Land Rover Building Stronger Communities category of their Annual Awards for Excellence, This award recognises the company’s continued commitment to responsible business practice and the positive impact that the Health Through Warmth scheme continues to have on the lives of vulnerable people with cold and damp related illnesses who require assistance with installation and funding for heating and insulation measures.

Health Through Warmth operates in 15 areas of England and Wales, including Birmingham where the scheme is managed locally by the Black Country Housing Group in partnership with Birmingham City Council. The Big Tick accreditation recognises innovative initiatives and the continuing assistance RWE npower Health Through Warmth offers vulnerable residents who have cold and damp related illnesses, but don’t have adequate heating and insulation in their homes. The award comes after the scheme was shortlisted as a ‘National Example of Excellence’ in the same category last year.

Elaine Midwinter, RWE npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, collected the award and comments: “I am thrilled that the Health Through Warmth scheme has been re-accredited in the 2011 Awards. To receive this award two years in a row is testament to the success of the scheme, which is due to the enthusiasm and commitment of employees and external partners involved in the scheme’s delivery. We will continue to provide much-needed assistance to the most vulnerable people in our communities, and news of this award will help to raise awareness of the scheme in Birmingham so that even more people can be referred to us.”

RWE npower Health Through Warmth relies on community workers referring people to the scheme and funding is accessed from a variety of sources, including the unique RWE npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund, government grants and charitable funds to help pay for the installation of appropriate heating and insulation measures.

The scheme launched in Birmingham in 2000 and has received over 9,300 referrals. £12.3million has been levered to secure funding for the measures required, which includes over £141,000 from charitable organisations and in addition nearly £855,000 has been accessed from the unique RWE npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

Seventy-five-year-old Alfred Morgan who has diabetes, is one Birmingham resident who was helped by the scheme when his boiler broke down. Alfred comments: “We are so pleased with the work that RWE npower Health Through Warmth carried out for us. It’s reassuring to know that we have a reliable boiler that will keep us warm for many more years ahead. We’re so grateful we can now use our whole house rather than being confined to just the living room.”

Volker Beckers, CEO of RWE npower, adds: “I’m delighted that BitC has once again recognised RWE npower’s commitment to communities, the Health Through Warmth scheme and its achievements. I have personally met people who have benefited from the scheme and seen the difference it has made to their lives. It’s fantastic to receive this national recognition.

“I am particularly proud of the innovative approach to partnership working that the scheme adopts and I look forward to its continuing success.”

BitC is an international network of responsible businesses committed to building a sustainable future. The organisation’s approach provides a framework to support and challenge businesses to improve their performance and benefit society through four areas – community, environment, workplace and marketplace.

The Awards for Excellence are independent and peer-assessed corporate responsibility awards. Run in association with the Financial Times, the awards recognise and celebrate companies who have shown innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility.

For more information, visit http://www.healththroughwarmth.com/

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