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Closed 08/09/2020

raised of £4,000 target by 6 supporters

    Weʼve raised £175 to provide low income households with emergency support and basic necessities via ECOE's Healthy Homes Hardship Fund.

    Exeter, Devon, UK
    Funded on Tuesday, 8th September 2020

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    At Exeter Community Energy (ECOE), since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, we have seen a threefold increase in the level of requests for support from our Healthy Homes Hardship Fund, which was launched last winter.

    Our Winter Warmth campaign generated almost £5000 for the Hardship Fund, thanks to the generosity of local residents. This money has been used over the past 6 months to support low income and vulnerable households with purchases such as electric heaters, fridges, washing machines, cookers, fuel/food vouchers and basic repairs, and now due to the increase in demand we need to raise more funds.

    The crisis is compounding difficulties faced by residents who are already economically vulnerable and insecure and who may find themselves battling illness, hunger and debt. Vulnerable groups already at greater risk face further barriers such as lack of internet access and increased social isolation.

    Low income households would normally go to a charity shop, or use local recycling/reuse options when their fridge or cooker breaks down, but with social distancing restrictions in place and charity shops closed, these families have little to no options. Unable to afford to buy new appliances they are turning to us for a solution.

    We are seeking donations for our Healthy Homes Hardship Fund to help us quickly respond to requests for basic necessities such as fridges or cookers, prepayment meter top ups and food vouchers for low income and vulnerable households.

    Our project, Healthy Homes for Wellbeing, provides free energy advice and free LEAP home visits for those who are eligible in Exeter, Mid Devon, East Devon, Teignbridge and Torbay. Our five Home Energy Advisers give practical energy advice and support to the vulnerable and fuel poor at drop-in energy advice clinics and events across the region, and during LEAP home visits.

    Since the start of our Healthy Homes project in 2017, we have witnessed too many examples of extreme poverty and we know that in many situations just a small grant can make all the difference to a struggling household.

    We are grateful for all of your support. Donations no matter how small can help us to make a real difference in the local community

    You can read more about our fuel poverty work on our website, where you can also sign up to our regualr newsletter. Further details about our winter campaign and our hardship fund can be found here.

    We are a registered Community Benefit Society. Registered Society No. 32209R. You can check out our credentials here.



    • Tara Bowers4 years ago
      Tara Bowers

      Tara Bowers

      4 years ago

      We raised a total of £1473.80 including offline donations during the summer. Thanks to everyone who supported us in our vital community work, which remains as busy as ever during these challenging times. We did not stop working throughout the lockdown period and our fuel poverty and energy efficency work remains as vital as ever. Our new Winter Warmth Campaign for Winter 20/21 is now launched. You can read about it and donate here.

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    • Anonymous


      Jun 19, 2020

      Such good work, reaching people who really need the support.


    • Anonymous


      Jun 16, 2020


    • Julia Wilson

      Julia Wilson

      Jun 6, 2020

      Working in the local community myself I know how much these small grants mean to people


    • Anonymous


      Jun 5, 2020


    • Anonymous


      May 28, 2020

      Good aim. Good luck


    • Anonymous


      May 28, 2020

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    Tara Bowers

    Tara Bowers

    Exeter, Devon, UK

    I'm a Director at Exeter Community Energy. Our Board of 10 volunteer Directors work tirelessly to support the local community. Our vision is for renewable energy projects to bring about practical change in our community by addressing energy related challenges.

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