You can help vulnerable people stay warm this winter. Greener Kirkcaldy and St Andrews Environmental Network are appealing for donations to help them support vulnerable people who struggle to keep warm over the winter. The 'Help Fuel Fife Folk' campaign, which has been launched as part of Challenge Poverty Week, is asking for donations to help fund a range of measures to help those who struggle to pay their bills and heat their homes in the winter.
35% of households in Fife are classed as living in fuel poverty, spending more than 10% of their annual income trying to heat their homes.
This can mean choosing between cooking hot meals and heating their homes. According to the National Record for Scotland, in 2016/17, an additional 163 people died due to winter-related causes in Fife. "Simply keeping warm in winter is a challenge for many people in Fife, who are already struggling to afford increasing and expensive fuel bills. In addition, the cold winter months threaten ill health and isolation", said Project Manager, Bruce McCall, "we're asking for any donations, however large or small, to help us support those in need". Greener Kirkcaldy (registered charity SC041412) and St. Andrews Environmental Network (registered charity SC045253) work to help people stay warm, save energy and save money. Last year they helped over 1800 households in Fife by visiting people in their homes and providing free energy advice. Your donations will help them provide extra support to help those in need stay warm over the winter, by providing measures such as low-energy electric heaters, electric blankets, thermal curtains, radiator panels and emergency fuel top ups. Do you receive the Winter Fuel Payment, but don't need it? Why not donate it? Councillor Judy Hamilton supports the campaign: "Too many people have to make unacceptable choices in how to heat their homes. I am delighted to support Greener Kirkcaldy and St. Andrews Environmental Network, who are working in partnership at the forefront of tackling fuel poverty by providing a free home energy advice service across Fife.
You can donate though the online donations page by clicking here, send a cheque, call 01592 858458, or pop into the High Street Hub (254a High Street, Kirkcaldy), Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm.