Many families in Northern Ireland are struggling to adequately heat their homes. This is impacting on the health and wellbeing of our children.
There are a number of health problems that can emerge from children living in cold damp homes. For example, children in cold homes are more than twice as likely to suffer from respiratory problems as children living in warm homes. Cold, damp homes have also been associated with poor weight gain in infants, higher hospital admission rates and they can lead to children having more time off school due to illness.
To tackle the impact that cold, damp homes have on children's health, Bryson Energy has launched a project 'New Health Routes' where the aim is to identify families with children vulnerable to fuel poverty and make it easier for them to access our support. The 'New Health Routes' project focuses on all children aged 5 and under and on older children and adolescents with respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
We offer independent energy advice, can identify various grants that are available to help improve the energy efficiency of a home and we also install energy saving measures such as solid wall, cavity wall and loft insulation through our range of experienced and accredited subcontractors.
Having been provided with information on Bryson Energy through 'New Health Routes' by her local GP, Amanda Devlin from Maguiresbridge in Co. Fermanagh recently had the energy efficiency of the family home improved through the 'Warm Homes Scheme' delivered by Bryson Energy. The family home had solid wall insulation applied, walls were drylined and loft insulation was installed.
Amanda discusses the benefits: "The insulation has already made a big difference in the comfort of our home. The house is a lot warmer, which can only help the health of our two children. I would recommend the scheme to friends and family and in fact already have".
All of this support can help to reduce energy costs for householders and make a home warmer and more comfortable to live in and therefore healthier, particularly for children.
To find out more about the options available to keep the home warm a family has to simply phone: 0800 1422 865 and quote 'New Health Routes'
For further information on the project contact:
Project Manager: Rory McManus
T. 028 9073 4275
Project Officer: Léo Andrade
T. 028 9073 4261