Warm & Safe Wiltshire is a commitment from Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy

Who we are

Warm and Safe Wiltshire is a service provided by Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy to help residents live in safer and healthier homes. 

Meet Our Staff

Rachel Kent

Public Health Specialist

Wiltshire Council

 

Rachel coordinates the management of the Warm & Safe Wiltshire service and uses her skills as a public health specialist to ensure people across Wiltshire are benefitting from warmer and more comfortable homes.

David Miles

Affordable Warmth Coordinator

Swindon Borough Council

 

David coordinates the management of the Warm & Safe Wiltshire service and supports people across Swindon to combat fuel poverty.

Paul Winney

Project Manger

Centre for Sustainable Energy

 

Paul manages the project and provides day to day support to Warm & Safe Wiltshire energy advisors

Lorna Wilcox

Senior Energy Advisor

Centre for Sustainable Energy

 

Cora provides 1-2-1 support for those struggling to keep warm and pay bills

Shareen Elnagy

Energy Advisor

 

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Shareen provides 1-2-1 support for those struggling to keep warm and pay bills

Elliot Clark

Energy Advisor

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Elliot provides 1-2-1 support for those struggling to keep warm and pay bills

Great Western Hospital placement

Elliot Clark, has started a one-day-a-week stint at Swindon's Great Western Hospital. He's working with ward managers, discharge nurses, occupational therapists and social care services to ensure that, following their stay, patients aren't going home to cold houses or to broken or inadequate heating systems that put their health at risk and may mean they end up back in hospital.

"It's a great opportunity to be working alongside NHS staff," said Elliot. "I'm eager to give extra support - to both patients and staff - to reduce the impact of fuel poverty on patient health and wellbeing and hopefully reduce the numbers of readmissions in future.

"So far I've been setting up the service, talking to staff and attending meetings. Soon I will be providing energy advice to patients and plan to get them signed up for the priority services register with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Wessex Water and their energy supplier. For those most critically in need, we're also providing emergency oil-filled radiators."

Cold and damp homes can cause illness and exacerbate existing health conditions such as circulatory problems, diabetes and arthritis, and mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Respiratory conditions, like asthma, are made worse by the cold or by the damp and mould which is often found in under-heated, poorly ventilated homes. People with certain disabilities, children and the elderly also fall into higher risk categories. 

The health risks associated with cold homes is recognised by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) who published guidance on this recommends that the health service should engage with efforts to make homes less cold and less damp.

The post is funded by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Wessex Water Health Engagement Project, and runs until the end of march.