A community project to help those struggling to heat their homes this winter has won a national award.

The Home Energy Efficiency Training’s (HEET’s) ‘Heat and Eat’ programme was awarded a £1,500 grant and a Community Action Award, which will allow them to help more people across the borough.

The awards recognise excellence and innovation in tackling fuel poverty and helping vulnerable households.

HEET’s programme aims to teach people in Enfield how they can reduce the cost of their energy bills and make their homes warmer and more energy efficient. 

Tom Ruxton from HEET said: “We are delighted. The grant will enable us to work more closely with front-line health professionals to identify people most at risk from cold living conditions. We will be working hard to help those most vulnerable keep warm this winter.”

His colleague Maria Wardrobe said: “Community groups working in partnership are vital to help tackle fuel poverty and I’m delighted that HEET has won."

Christine Tate, head of corporate responsibility at British Gas, which sponsored the awards, said: “By working together with the NEA and supporting projects such as HEET’s in Enfield, we can help people take control of the amount of energy they use so they can become more energy efficient and reduce the cost of their bills.”

The next phase of the Community Action Awards is now open for entries. If you are a community group or charity, and are running a project helping to tackle fuel poverty, go to http://www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-events/community-action-awards