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Gas Safe Charity
Since 2013, Gas Safe Charity has been working in partnership with Foundations Independent Living Trust on a project aimed at improving gas safety in the homes of older, disabled and vulnerable people in cases of hardship and urgency. The project pays for preventive measures which reduce the risks of death, injury and illness caused by dangerous gas work and appliances andpromotes gas safety awareness across the UK.
Gas Safe Charity provides a hardship fund to identify and provide practical gas safety interventions, such as the replacement, repair and servicing of dangerous, faulty or inefficient gas appliances and installations that put the safety of vulnerable people at risk in their own homes. FILT provides the mechanisms to distribute small and mediumsized local and regional hardship grants, manage the spend levels and monitor performance.
FILT provides this help through its network of local delivery partners:
- Home Improvement Agencies in England;
- Care and Repair offices in Scotland; and
- Care & Repair Cymru in Wales.
These trusted local providers move quickly to tackle a range of problems in the homes of older and vulnerable people, and ensure work is completed in a timely manner and to the correct standards.
Grants of up to a maximum value of £500 per intervention and only one intervention per household per year. An intervention may include more than one measure. These measures can include
- Gas Safety Checks
- Gas Servicing
- Gas Boiler Repairs
- Gas Boiler Replacements
- Gas Boiler Combustion Analysis
- Gas Cookers
- Gas Fires
- Gas Pipework
- Gas Meters
- Gas Water Heaters
Who can apply:
All clients must live in privately owned accomodation and be one of the following:
- 60 years old or over and have low household income and/or a disability
- Under 60 and have a low household income and/or a disability or
- Considered exceptionally vulnerable by the HIA
An application can only be made by an accredited Home Improvement Agency on behalf of one of their clients.
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Think CO aims to save lives by making people more aware of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning with people who work in the homes of vulnerable people.
Most people have heard of carbon monoxide, but few know its causes and symptoms or what to do if they suspect someone may be at risk. To meet this challenge, Gas Safe Charity developed the Think CO campaign with a range of free materials to increase awareness.
What makes Think CO different is that the messages and materials are targeted at frontline staff and volunteers of trusted organisations who visit people in their own homes. They use this new knowledge in their day-to-day work. More and more organisations are providing services in vulnerable people’s homes by placing paid staff or volunteers to provide care and support. Think CO approached charities to train and inform their workers.
Think CO builds on what an organisation is doing already. The materials are developed to be integrated with existing training and induction programmes and cascaded through the organisation. They are aimed at people with little or no CO knowledge. Feedback has been positive; organisations welcome Think CO’s pragmatic and flexible approach, which helps them to fulfil their duty of care. Staff and volunteers like the easy to understand, memorable messages which they can use in their personal lives as well as in their jobs.
Launched in spring 2015, Think CO has made steady, positive progress, not only with charities across the UK, but also with the public and private sectors. “The Think CO project has helped us in raising awareness of CO risks and in particular recognising our duty of care responsibilities to staff and volunteers,” says Nick Maslen, Chief Executive of Age UK, South Staffordshire.
The focus of the first year of Think CO has been to engage with large charities. This has widened to include private home care agencies as well. We have tested and proven that the approach works. Now, we are expanding our audiences to those in social and healthcare charities or private care agencies, local authorities and the NHS.
If you would like to discuss how we could support your organisation, please email [email protected].