Energy advice at Epworth Library

NORTH Lincolnshire Council will give energy efficiency and home assistance advice at Epworth Library on Friday, December 9.

The session is to promote the council’s South Humber Energy Efficiency Partnership scheme (SHEEP) which offers free insulation measures for people aged 60 and over in both the North and South Axholme areas.

Information will also be provided on other services the council offer through the Housing Standards and Home Assistance Teams.

The Hotspot Scheme has recently been set up to help people at risk of being in fuel poverty and to identify those who normally do not receive help, due to being housebound or uncomfortable in asking for help.

The ‘Hotspot card’ offers a way to access other services people may be entitled to such as insulation and heating grants or discounts related to saving energy in the home.

There is also information at the session on benefit checks, home fire safety visits, free smoke alarms, the handyperson scheme, loans for repairs, improvements and adaptations.

The SHEEP scheme see the council work in partnership with the police, fire service, DWP Pension Service, Independent Living, Homelink, Primary Care Trust and Carers Support.

Hotspot cards are usually completed by members of staff from these partner agencies who visit people in their homes, identifying areas where assistance and advice may be needed.

When the council receives the cards, the team will then make contact with residents to discuss the best course of action or refer people to the relevant organisation.

Since September, 84 referrals have been received for people who need assistance or advice through the scheme. Those attending tomorrow’s advice session will be able to complete Hotspots card in person.

People are welcome to attend between 2pm and 4.30pm.