Volunteers Needed to Help Vulnerable People Stay Warm
Can you volunteer a couple of hours a month in your community to help people in your community, especially older people and those on low incomes stay warm this winter and at the same time gain some benefit for yourself?
Over 1 in 5 households in Suffolk are estimated to be in fuel poverty with an average of over 400 “excess winter deaths” a year according to NHS Suffolk. Half the households in Suffolk are not on mains gas and these are some of the reasons why the charity Suffolk ACRE set up a community oil buying group for Suffolk earlier this year. Over 500 people have already joined the scheme saving on average 5p a litre or £50 on a 1000 litre order.
Suffolk ACRE's community oil buying group want to help people that use heating oil to pay a reasonable price, especially those more vulnerable residents on low incomes, older people and those who do not have access to the internet and who may be paying high prices for heating oil; especially if they are on monthly top up schemes. Download the Suffolk ACRE poster here
They are asking for more volunteers to act as village co-ordinators to help prevent deaths and illness arising from cold homes. Volunteers do not have to deal with any money or payments; the role is about talking to local people and passing on the orders to Suffolk ACRE, who with other charities across England, negotiate the best price in one massive order.
There is a small annual fee of £20 for each household joining the group oil buying scheme but in appreciation of helping, volunteer co-ordinators are invited to join for free.
If you think you could help, or if you would like to know more and join the scheme yourself, please telephone Suffolk ACRE on 01473 345300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The scheme is open to all households, businesses and community groups. The more members we have the better prices we may be able to negotiate. Further information is available and to join please visit www.communitybuying.org.uk