Warm Homes is a family support service that seeks to improve the wellbeing of families with disabled children in the East Midlands, West Midlands and North West of England.
Research shows that families with a disabled child often have lower family incomes than those with a non-disabled child. Many parents are unable to work due to having to care for their child full-time and an estimated 20% of families go without all the heating they need during the winter months.
Caudwell Children has been awarded funding through the Energy Redress Scheme, which is managed by Energy Saving Trust. This funding has enabled us to launch and operate a new scheme for families called Warm Homes.
Working in partnership with Auriga, a specialist advice organisation, Caudwell Children will provide:
Family support service
- Home energy survey to assess whether we can support you with:
- Energy efficiency and income maximisation guidance
- Home bill and debt advice
- Benefit checks: helping you access the benefits you’re eligible for
- Funding for household appliances
- Priority Services Register: priority energy supplier support
Alongside an energy efficiency survey, Caudwell Children’s Family Support Service offers families free support. Skilled volunteers will talk through any concerns or issues that a family identifies and will jointly create a plan which might include things such as housing, education, applying for grants, family or social difficulties, providing information on local specialist support services and medical conditions, and information about the range of services provided by Caudwell Children.
To be eligible, you must meet the following qualifying criteria:
- Live in one of the geographic areas covered by the Warm Homes scheme
- Have a child with a disability (under the age of 19)
- Would like help understanding and managing your home energy usage and household bills
To apply, please complete the application form at https://www.caudwellchildren.com/warmhomes/