On 30th November 2023, Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, we announced that we have secured a grant from National Grid's Community Matters Fund, which will enable us to deliver a 'Warm this Winter' Campaign from January - March 2024. The funds were distributed through Localgiving.

It’s been two years since the energy crisis first began and from 1st October, 6.3 million UK households are in fuel poverty.

There are many residents in Smethwick living in fuel poverty and Dorothy Parkes Centre CEO, Robert Bruce, is pleased to be able to offer some help this winter.

“The grant from National Grid's Community Matters Fund will make a big difference to the range of help we can offer our local community. Winter is a difficult time for many people in our area who struggle to keep warm due to excessive energy costs. This can have a negative impact on young families and older adults, affecting their health and wellbeing. The Dorothy Parkes Centre's 'Warm this Winter' campaign will provide members of our local community with access to a Warm Bank and Warm Packs so that they can keep themselves and their homes warm this winter. We would like to say a huge thank you to National Grid for their much needed support.”  

The campaign will run from 1st January - 31st March 2024 and the £9,945 grant will allow us to distribute 100 Warm Packs including items such as radiator bleed keys, electric throw blankets, draft excluders, and flasks. It will also support the heating costs of the Centre, which is open seven days a week to all members of our community as a Welcoming Warm Space.

If you would like more details about the campaign, please call 0121 558 2998 or email [email protected]  

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