Helping provide safe and warm spaces for communities this winter

24th November 2022

With the global energy crisis causing concern, Morrison Energy Services is working in partnership with Cadent to deliver the London Construction Management Organisation. Together they have teamed up with community centres in North London to educate and support members of the public.

Cadent has launched three ‘Centres for Warmth’, which help some of the most vulnerable people in society. The Centres are located at Bonny Downs Community Association in Newham, Waltham Forest Community Hub in Walthamstow and St Hilda's East Community Centre in Tower Hamlets. These areas have some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country and this support enables services and activities to be delivered that will benefit these communities.

Some of the topics the Centres will be giving advice on include:

  • Benefits
  • Carbon monoxide safety
  • Debt
  • Energy efficiency
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Priority Services Registers (PSR) and how those who need extra help can access it if there’s a problem with their energy or electricity supply
  • Wellbeing

The Centres for Warmth are a result of funding provided by the regulator Ofgem. The Vulnerability and Carbon Monoxide Allowance provides funding for gas distribution networks to utilise on projects focused on fuel poverty, vulnerability and carbon monoxide safety initiatives.

As a result of this funding, Cadent has offered these communities in North London nearly £200,000 to open and operate the Centres for Warmth for the next 12-24 months.

In addition to this funding, experts at Morrison Energy Services and Cadent are also providing advice to residents in these communities.

At Bonny Downs Community Association’s launch event, the team held a carbon monoxide safety session. This session proved beneficial for many people. One example being a young mother who described symptoms her and her son had been experiencing, typical of carbon monoxide poisoning, and the team were then able to provide useful information and an emergency number for her to contact, which she did.

Lucy Nembaware, Scheduler at Morrison Energy Services and part of the London team, said: “We are proud to be working as part of the London team to deliver essential support to communities in North London. The Centres for Warmth will offer advice in a time where many are trying to understand and navigate the cost of living and fuel crisis. Alongside this, the spaces will enable access to useful resources such as free carbon monoxide alarms and support with energy efficient slow cooking.”

The team are in the process of expanding the project and have engaged with community centres in Southall, West Drayton and Brent. We look forward to supporting more communities across North London.

At M Group Services, our priority is to put the health, wellbeing and safety of people first. We are committed to making a positive difference to the communities we operate in. Our focus is to work with trusted partners who understand the needs of each community.

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