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NEW FUEL BANK SCHEME SUPPORTS FAMILIES  FACING HEATING OR EATING CHOICES THIS WINTER


London, UK, Thursday 26th November 2020 – A new Fuel Bank launched in Greenwich will help families facing difficult decisions over whether to “heat or eat” this winter; adding to the support currently being offered in the London borough.

The scheme offers vouchers to families struggling to meet pre-payment meter heating and electricity fees, including many who are facing poverty for the first time in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Fuel Bank is operated by charity Home-Start Greenwich (HSG) working with the Fuel Bank Foundation and Feeding Britain, an organisation that aims to tackle hunger in the UK.

“We previously worked with Feeding Britain when they funded our emergency food provision during lockdown, which is when we identified that many of our supported families were often facing the dilemma of heating their home, having lighting, or eating,” said Hazel Chawapiwa, Head of Community and Partnerships, HSG.

“The credit is available to people regardless of their energy supplier, as long as they have a prepayment meter, meaning it can be given to any household in need.”

Families identified as at crisis point because they are facing disconnection can be referred to the scheme by a third party such as a GP, midwife, or school and will receive an electronic fuel voucher of up to £49 to last an average of two weeks.

HSG will follow up with advice and support to help prevent disconnection in the future.

“We will need financial support to extend the life of the Fuel Bank, but we are also always looking for volunteers, trustees, and community partners to enable us to extend our service offer,” said Hazel.

The Fuel Bank is one of a series of initiatives by Feeding Britain, whose vision is a UK where no one goes hungry.

The organisation, whose president is Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, teams up with charities and organisations across the UK to roll out four key project areas, Healthy Holidays, which ensures children are fed during school holidays, Community Food Hubs, Pathways from Poverty, and Fuel Banks.

“Nobody should have to face the impossible choice between heating and eating. With the loss of income that so many families have suffered during the pandemic, initiatives like the Greenwich Fuel Bank will have a crucial role to play in keeping meters topped up as well as food on the table. It is our privilege to be working with Home Start Greenwich and the Fuel Bank Foundation on this vital programme,” comments Baroness Boycott, Chair of Feeding Britain.

For more information on how to apply for the Greenwich Fuel Bank, volunteer, or make a donation email: projects@homestartgreenwich.org.uk or visit homestartgreenwich.org.uk.

About Meantime Communications

Meantime is a B2B communications, event, virtual event, design, and social media consultancy, established in 2008 and supporting companies worldwide in the supply chain, transport, tech, and fintech industries.

The Meantime team includes trained journalists and editors and delivers strategic campaigns, working closely with customers to understand outcomes, design outputs, and measure success.

Our experienced team of creative professionals never stops looking for inspiration, underpinned by our Meantime Academy training scheme, powered by the Public Relations and Communications Agency (PRCA).

We are Chartered Institute of Public Relations and PRCA members adhering to the professional Code of Conduct for both organisations, Living Wage employer (voluntary and based on true living costs), Climate Positive Workforce meaning employee carbon footprint and business travel are offset by planting trees and financing carbon reduction projects globally through Ecologi.

We embrace new ideas and develop solutions to suit all stakeholders including hosting client news portals, which include archives and plain text download features to help journalists, interactive clippings reports including reach, brand mention, and tailored metrics.


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NEW FUEL BANK SCHEME SUPPORTS FAMILIES  FACING HEATING OR EATING CHOICES THIS WINTER

London, UK, Thursday 26th November 2020 – A new Fuel Bank launched in Greenwich will help families facing difficult decisions over whether to “heat or eat” this winter; adding to the support currently being offered in the London borough.

The scheme offers vouchers to families struggling to meet pre-payment meter heating and electricity fees, including many who are facing poverty for the first time in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Fuel Bank is operated by charity Home-Start Greenwich (HSG) working with the Fuel Bank Foundation and Feeding Britain, an organisation that aims to tackle hunger in the UK.

“We previously worked with Feeding Britain when they funded our emergency food provision during lockdown, which is when we identified that many of our supported families were often facing the dilemma of heating their home, having lighting, or eating,” said Hazel Chawapiwa, Head of Community and Partnerships, HSG.

“The credit is available to people regardless of their energy supplier, as long as they have a prepayment meter, meaning it can be given to any household in need.”

Families identified as at crisis point because they are facing disconnection can be referred to the scheme by a third party such as a GP, midwife, or school and will receive an electronic fuel voucher of up to £49 to last an average of two weeks.

HSG will follow up with advice and support to help prevent disconnection in the future.

“We will need financial support to extend the life of the Fuel Bank, but we are also always looking for volunteers, trustees, and community partners to enable us to extend our service offer,” said Hazel.

The Fuel Bank is one of a series of initiatives by Feeding Britain, whose vision is a UK where no one goes hungry.

The organisation, whose president is Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, teams up with charities and organisations across the UK to roll out four key project areas, Healthy Holidays, which ensures children are fed during school holidays, Community Food Hubs, Pathways from Poverty, and Fuel Banks.

“Nobody should have to face the impossible choice between heating and eating. With the loss of income that so many families have suffered during the pandemic, initiatives like the Greenwich Fuel Bank will have a crucial role to play in keeping meters topped up as well as food on the table. It is our privilege to be working with Home Start Greenwich and the Fuel Bank Foundation on this vital programme,” comments Baroness Boycott, Chair of Feeding Britain.

For more information on how to apply for the Greenwich Fuel Bank, volunteer, or make a donation email: projects@homestartgreenwich.org.uk or visit homestartgreenwich.org.uk.

About Meantime Communications

Meantime is a B2B communications, event, virtual event, design, and social media consultancy, established in 2008 and supporting companies worldwide in the supply chain, transport, tech, and fintech industries.

The Meantime team includes trained journalists and editors and delivers strategic campaigns, working closely with customers to understand outcomes, design outputs, and measure success.

Our experienced team of creative professionals never stops looking for inspiration, underpinned by our Meantime Academy training scheme, powered by the Public Relations and Communications Agency (PRCA).

We are Chartered Institute of Public Relations and PRCA members adhering to the professional Code of Conduct for both organisations, Living Wage employer (voluntary and based on true living costs), Climate Positive Workforce meaning employee carbon footprint and business travel are offset by planting trees and financing carbon reduction projects globally through Ecologi.

We embrace new ideas and develop solutions to suit all stakeholders including hosting client news portals, which include archives and plain text download features to help journalists, interactive clippings reports including reach, brand mention, and tailored metrics.