January proved to be a very busy month for the Energy team here at CAfS thanks to our Cold to Cosy Homes Project and the extension into retrofit advice. They made 117 home visits – which is equal to 176 hours of free energy advice to Cumbrian Households and have received 347 online referrals since the new year.

They have also spent some time developing their skills and increasing their capacity, this has included workplace training with the Samaritans and their “conversations with vulnerable people” .

We have also had two members of the team complete their retrofit qualification Level 3 award in Domestic Retrofit Advice, increasing delivery capacity for Cold to Cosy Homes – Retrofit.

Shery Mahood, our Cold to Cosy Homes – Retrofit Project manager explains more: “We know that leaky, draughty and cold homes have a huge impact on health and costs, so it is fantastic to see so many people access our service. Ensuring our staff are well qualified to offer help and advice is a priority for us, and I’m really proud of the whole team for their dedication and commitment to our increased capacity for delivery.”

If you want to help, you can join our Energy Champion training – these free sessions enable you to help your community, clients and colleagues access free support to make homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. Find out more here.