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

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

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.

Last year our charity provided aid to around 3,500 people across England and Taylor Wimpey’s donation will mean FILT will be able to reach an extra 130 of the most vulnerable in the country.

Sara McKee, Chair of FILT, said: “Generous donations from companies like Taylor Wimpey enable us to continue reaching those people who would otherwise slip through the cracks and become a statistic.

The money they’ve donated will go towards grants that help vulnerable people have the basic necessities in life like being able to cook safely, keep their house warm, or have a hot shower. It will also ensure people can return to a warm and safe home after a hospital stay, while reducing the risk of health conditions escalating into emergencies.

“Many of the people we work with are disconnected from their community, through ill-health or social isolation. They are often missed by other services so the HIAs also help people access support ranging from counselling to benefit advice, in addition to doing repairs and maintenance.

James Jordan, the Group Legal Director and Company Secretary from Taylor Wimpey plc, said: “FILT does amazing work and we’re both delighted and very proud to be able to help them reach even more older and vulnerable people who may not be able to receive from other servicess. We know the impact good housing has on improving people’s health and wellbeing, so it’s great to be a part of FILT’s efforts to ensure people can live in a warm and safe home.”

Grants available from FILT include:

  • Health Through Warmth Crisis fund. This can help towards costs of new heating and energy efficiency measures for people who have a cold-related illness;
  • Health Through Warmth rapid care funding, which helps homeowners who are without heating or hot water;
  • Gas Safety grants can provide up to £500 to help make sure gas appliances like gas boilers and cookers are in working order.
  • Safe and Warm grants to carry out minor works to enable independent living, reduce hazards; provide energy efficiency (including cavity wall and loft insulation), draught-proofing; drainage and heating issues, etc. Between £250 and £7,500 is potentially available for those that meet the qualifying criteria.