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Report highlights key role for home improvement agencies in future floods response

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Nov 14th 2018

A new report commissioned by Foundations and its charitable arm Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) has set out ways in which local areas can minimise the long-term impact of serious flooding on their residents in the future.

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Gas Safety Week 2018 and new bidding round launches for FILT

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Sep 19th 2018

We are pleased to launch a new bidding round thanks to additional funds from Gas Safe Charity, to allow more agencies to utilise this scheme. Once allocated, the funds will be available for agencies to use throughout the year on gas safety interventions. Have a look at the difference these interventions can make here.

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Addressing our 100-year lives

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Jul 13th 2018

Sarah Mckee "I was privileged in March to be invited to join a small group of organisations led by The Design Council, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Centre for Ageing Better to a workshop to look at how we can facilitate independent living for our future 100-year lives. The group represented a variety of related agencies from health, care and housing, plus a full range of ages. There were a number of active carers in the room – some looking after partners as well as older children. What was apparent was the fact that no-one wanted to feel institutionalised by where or how they lived. They did not want their homes to be medicalised to enable them to live safely independently. There was a strong call for much more creative design that would appeal to all ages and not look clinical, grey and shout 'vulnerable'."

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Gas safety key to health and wellbeing

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Jun 21st 2018

Can you imagine huddling in a sleeping bag on the floor of your living room, next to a single fan heater just to keep warm? Confining yourself to one room because your central heating doesn’t work and your entire house is cold. This is a real-life story of a man from Carlisle whose broken boiler left him malnourished and near-frozen. It’s also the reality of many people throughout the UK who are experiencing fuel poverty, often living with unsafe or broken heating systems that they can’t afford to replace or repair. Yet there is funding available to make vital home improvements.

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A helping hand from BlueWatch

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Apr 12th 2018

In the autumn of 2017, CFOA BlueWatch donated 1,000 Fire Angel cold detectors to Foundations and FILT. We then distributed the alarms to a number of community organisations across the north west of England

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FILT welcomes new Board appointee

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Mar 7th 2018

Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) has appointed Jim Truscott, Partner of Beyond Corporate Law, to the Board of Trustees. Jim has more than 20 years’ corporate law experience, he is one of the founders of Beyond Professional Services Group, a former equity partner/owner of Heatons LLP and equity partner at Fieldfisher LLP.

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Our home is our castle – reflections on a year as Chair

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Mar 2nd 2018

Sara McKee reflects on a year as FILT Chair ahead of her appearance at the HousingLin annual conference where she’ll debate housing choices for older people. In 1644, English judge Sir Edward Coke was quoted as saying, “For a man’s house is his castle”. Since that time the expression is almost always “An Englishman’s home is his castle”.

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Pilot to help make homes dementia friendly

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Feb 23rd 2018

People living with dementia and their families can now access funding to help them live at home for longer. The charity, Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT), will allocate a £10,000 donation by residential developer Taylor Wimpey to four Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs) – Age UK Isle of White, Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency, Preston Care & Repair and WE Care & Repair. Each HIA will receive a £2,500 grant and the money can be used for improvements such as bathroom and shower adaptations.

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Tackling fuel poverty one home repair at a time

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Feb 19th 2018

This Friday (23 February) is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. A vital initiative to highlight the millions of people in the UK who can’t afford to heat their home, living each day chilled to the bone. It’s amazing to think there are still people who face the possibility of freezing in their own home. You would assume that fuel poverty was confined to Victorian times, but sadly that is not the case.

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Making warm homes a priority

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Feb 17th 2018

FILT is thrilled to confirm that our partnership with npower delivering the npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund has been renewed for another year. During 2018 £220,000 in funding will be available for people living with long-term illnesses who are finding it hard to pay for heating and insulation measures in their homes.

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Renewed partnership with Gas Safe Charity continues to offer crucial support to HIA customers

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Feb 16th 2018

Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with Gas Safe Charity, now in its fifth year. Following an initial allocation of £275,000, an additional £50,000 has been made available from Gas Safe Charity to be used towards minor gas safety works in the homes of older and vulnerable people.

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Help at home for elderly as winter falls

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Nov 27th 2017

Winter has descended on the UK with snow and cold conditions expected to continue over the coming weeks. Many older and vulnerable people across the country will be suffering from the freezing weather, struggling to heat their cold and poorly insulated homes. Help is available for people at risk of fuel poverty via the Foundation Independent Living Trust (FILT). FILT grants fund vital repairs and improvements to make homes more energy efficient and/or easier to keep warm. Works are carried out by Home Improvement Agencies and include a range of measures from draught proofing and fitting reflector radiator panels to replacement of boilers and central heating systems.

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Small changes make a big difference

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Oct 27th 2017

Minor home adaptions and repairs can make a big difference to older people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life according to new research. The ‘Room to Improve’ report by the Centre for Ageing Better and the University of West of England, Bristol (UWE, Bristol) found investing in home improvements also delivers substantial savings for the NHS and reduces the reliance on social care.

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Taylor Wimpey donation helps our charity keep more people warm and well at home

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Oct 12th 2017

Our charity has received another generous donation from housebuilding company Taylor Wimpey. The funding will be used to support life-changing interventions that make homes more energy efficient and easier to keep warm for vulnerable people. FILT funding streams enable our delivery partners to provide a range of support including repairs and improvements to the homes of older and vulnerable people at risk of fuel poverty. Measures range from draught proofing and fitting reflector radiator panels to replacement of boilers and central heating systems.

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Funding available to keep warm and safe at home this winter

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Sep 30th 2017

Vulnerable Britons who are facing the choice of eating or heating this winter have been offered a lifeline. A report published in The Guardian highlighted concerns about the lack of Government funding to repair gas boilers in the lead-up to winter. However, a £275,000 grant scheme for gas boiler repairs is available from Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).

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How £110 can make a big difference

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Sep 29th 2017

Around 1 in 9 British households live in fuel poverty. Millions of people can’t afford to heat their homes and many suffer from cold-related illness, often exacerbated by poor housing. Researchers from Bangor University recently examined the impact of warmer social housing on population health and the use of NHS services in the north-west. They found housing improvements reduced the use of NHS services by 16% per household, saving £20,000 in just six months.

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Keeping older people warm and out of fuel poverty in Surrey

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Jul 21st 2017

Imagine being in your 90s and unwell, living alone without heating and hot water because you can’t afford to replace a failed boiler. That was the case for two Surrey women who both faced a cold and miserable winter, and the possibility of having to move out of their own home. The stress for both them and their families was undeniable.

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Extra money available to keep South Yorkshire homes warmer

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Jun 30th 2017

Yorkshire Housing’s Home Improvement Agency in Sheffield is delivering the ‘Warm at Home’ project which helps vulnerable people who might be suffering fuel poverty.

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Taylor Wimpey donation helps vulnerable people live in dignity in own homes

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May 25th 2017

Our charity, which helps older and vulnerable people stay warm, safe and well in their own home has benefited from a large donation from Taylor Wimpey. The housebuilder has given £20,000 to the Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) to provide grants to fund vital home improvements when no other support is available. A further £1,400 was also given to our charity on behalf of Taylor Wimpey staff. The donation will help FILT fund Home Improvement Agencies (HIA) to undertake repair or maintenance work that can help stave off fuel poverty, protect against carbon monoxide poisoning, or provide flood protection.

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