The Winter Welfare Champions was launched in earnest in early 2016 with the recruitment of local volunteers who wish to help those suffering from Fuel Poverty and living in cold homes.
The project was funded by the British Gas Energy Trust and ran over two winters. The Trust aims to build on success of two previous projects—the Welfare Champions and the Winter Squads. Over 1,000 local people are expected to benefit with advice and support over the course of the project.
As East Durham Trust’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Fallow, explained; “This project will adopt the tried and trusted model of local people helping those less well off than themselves. We expect the rang of support to cover everything from clearing snow and the delivery of hot meals through to advice on energy efficiency and maintaining a warmer home.
East Durham Trust Community House Yoden Road Peterlee SR8 5DP T: 0191 5693511
WHAT WE DO
We help the communities of the former district of Easington which is made up 20 distinct areas, most of which are former Pit villages that continue to be hugely affected by deprivation following the closure of the Pits. We run a wide range of projects to help the community fight disadvantage including food parcels, telephone befriending for the socially isolated, helping people in the downward spiral of debt, supporting people to get the benefits they deserve, providing holiday activities with food, getting the disengaged engaged with the arts and more.