Almost 200 older residents in Thamesmead have received visits from Peabody employees as part of the award winning Winter Warmers campaign.
The annual campaign sees Peabody employees volunteering their time to visit residents aged 75 and over to address any concerns they might have, provide practical advice about heating systems and energy bills, and make sure they can keep their homes warm over the winter months.
The volunteers also make referrals to the Peabody home energy advice service which helps residents heat their homes and keep their energy bills down. The service supports hundreds of households across London, saving an average of £236 per household.
One resident who has benefited from Winter Warmers visit is 81 year old Lilian Griffiths from South Thamesmead, who received a visit from Peabody's Director of Thamesmead & South Region Operations, Alison Muir.
Lilian, who has lived in Thamesmead since 1974, said: “Winter Warmers is such a good service and a great idea - it's lovely to know someone is looking out for us and that help is there. I've lived in Thamesmead a long time and I love it here. It's nice and quiet and the trees outside are beautiful - I don't want to go anywhere”.
Alison Muir, Peabody's Director of Thamesmead & South Region Operations said: “Our Winter Warmers visits really make a difference - they make sure our older residents like Lilian are ready for winter, can raise any concerns that they have and get help to keep their homes warm and their energy bills down. It was a pleasure to meet Lilian and hear about her life in Thamesmead”.
Around 1,400 Peabody residents aged 75 and over from across London are being visited by hundreds of Peabody employees throughout October and November as part of Peabody's annual Winter Warmers programme.
According to Age UK, 4.5 million older people in the U.K. are in fuel poverty, with cold homes costing the NHS £1.36bn and leading to 25,000 excess winter deaths. Last year the Winter Warmers campaign helped Peabody win 'Care and Support Provider of the Year' at 24 Housing's annual awards.