Community groups join forces to help tackle fuel poverty

Rising energy costs and higher food prices this winter will mean more people on lower incomes may be forced to choose between heating and eating, but help is at hand for residents of Ash thanks to a free Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Tuesday 3 December at Victoria Hall from 2.00pm.

Organised by local charities Surrey Community Action and Action Hampshire as part of a national initiative to raise awareness of fuel poverty, the event will provide advice and information to local residents to help them to heat their homes for less. The event will also host advisors from The Centre for Sustainable Energy, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Yes Energy Solutions, South East Water and Guildford Borough Council’s Community Wellbeing Team with Thrive at The Hive.

A community artist will run art activities to keep younger family members occupied and there will be a free prize draw giving visitors to the event a chance to win donutting sessions at Alpine Snow Sports, afternoon tea at The Hogs Back Hotel, dinner for two at the Greyhound in Ash, family sessions at Aldershot Pools, a Christmas hamper and a hair appointment at K&S Hair studio.

David Carter, Surrey Community Action’s Advice & Guidance Officer said: “With fuel prices rising, many people are worried about how they will pay higher energy bills while anyone using pre-payment meters could face even higher costs. This event will help people to access the information they need to stay warm for less this winter.”

Jo Packman, Community Engagement Advisor from Guildford Borough Council said: “About seven per cent of people in Guildford spend 10% or more of their income on energy bills and that figure could rise as energy costs increase. We’d encourage local residents to come along to get free advice and learn practical tips to keep their homes warm and dry this winter.”

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