Monday, 16 January 2012

URGENT - DoH grant from Warm Homes Healthy People Fund 2012

Warm Homes, Healthy People Fund
 
‘Stay Warm, Stay Well in Birmingham
 
Dear voluntary and community sector partner
 
The Department of Health recently confirmed Birmingham City Council is to receive funds from its Warm Homes, Healthy People initiative.
 
Birmingham’s allocation of £600,000 will, in summary, deliver actions to help prevent seasonal deaths and casualties amongst the most vulnerable living in cold housing.
 
Actions will be led by the City Housing and Health & Wellbeing Partnerships, and we are very keen to hear from voluntary and community partners if you are able to make referrals of vulnerable residents.
 
The delivery time for this project is extremely short with actions needing to take place by the 31st of March 2012.
 
Please see an outline of the DoH endorsed programme, and our target households.
 
If you feel your organisation can identify beneficiaries we ask you make contact with us as a matter of urgency.
 
Thanking you in anticipation of your cooperation in this matter.
 
Vanessa Cusack on behalf of the City Housing Partnership.
 
partnershipsteam@birmingham.gov.uk


Tel: 0121 303 4559

‘Stay Warm, Stay Well’ in Birmingham

We will bring together agencies to deliver a multi-agency pathway which will reduce fuel poverty, avoidable death, and admission to hospital / residential care in vulnerable populations. This project will address the housing, health, isolation and financial risks of cold homes.

We will do this by targeting up to 18,000 people at heightened risk, and by assessing and delivering interventions from a multiple range of agencies.

Context

Some Birmingham neighbourhoods have 40%+ homes in fuel poverty and 6 constituencies are in the top 20 most fuel poor in the UK. Hospital records show significant numbers of elderly people at risk.

Delivering

The Birmingham project will deliver positive outcomes through:

• Identifying vulnerable people from agency lists, and the creation of lists of vulnerable people for targeting.

• Rapid referral, assessment and intervention.

• Energy saving advice in homes and community venues.

• Physical measures such as equipment, access to Telecare etc.

• Cold Weather Alert systems.

• Money advice, particularly benefit checks and utility ‘switching’ options.

• Community conversations highlighting the need to support vulnerable family members / neighbours.

• Using Birmingham’s ‘Looking Local’ digital channel.

Core Outcomes

• Reduce mortality and morbidity.

• Increase the uptake of available services.

• Prepare the vulnerable for the dangers of cold weather / future winters.

• Help people access the best utility deals.

• Help people access unclaimed benefits.

• Help people find assistance in extreme circumstances.

Target Households

• Over 75 year olds

• The frail

• Those with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory illnesses and other chronic medical conditions

• Those with severe mental illness

• Those with dementia

• Those with learning difficulties

• Those with arthritis, limited mobility or otherwise at risk of falls

• Families with young children

• Those living in deprived circumstances

• Those living in homes with mould

• Fuel poor households (needing to spend 10% or more of household income on heating home)

• Elderly people living on their own / in isolation

• Other marginalised groups (please identify): those accessing home

• aids & adaptations to live independently

• Vulnerable residents with digital TV access

Operating Model

During the short life of the project progress will be coordinated from within Birmingham City Council’s Strategy & Partnership Team, who will work alongside the approved prime contractors Warm Zones CIC and Localise WM.

Local delivery agents will be: Birmingham City Council’s Adult Social Care teams; Age UK; West Midlands Fire Service; local NHS teams; Telecare; Bournbrook Community Safety Project; Family HA; Groundwork WM; Moseley CDT; Northfield Ecocentre; Saltley and Washwood Heath Practical Care; Freshwinds; SPARK Community Alliance Energywise; Birmingham Settlement; Birmingham CAB; Citysave and Birmingham City Council’s Revenue & Benefits team.

Our actions will link to the national Surviving Winter campaign, to further assist people though the Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation.

We trust this provides an overview of the aims and objectives of the ‘Stay Warm, Stay Well’ campaign and we hope to hear from as many VCS partners as possible, in order to maximise the benefits of this fund to vulnerable households citywide.

Please contact us by Friday the 27th of January 2012

Vanessa Cusack on behalf of the City Housing Partnership.

partnershipsteam@birmingham.gov.uk

Tel: 0121 303 4559

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