The Healthy Homes scheme can help those residents of Kensington and Chelsea who are having trouble keeping warm at home. They provide a range of services, including income maximisation and benefit checks, help with energy efficiency measures, heating repairs and emergency heating for vulnerable residents in cold weather. Other services available in the borough include befriending schemes, Telecare and help for private tenants and homeowners with home improvement and small repairs. For a full list of the services available in the borough, including eligibility criteria, please see below.
The Healthy Homes Team can help those who are having trouble keeping warm at home:
- Income maximisation and benefit checks
- Reducing fuel bills by switching supplier
- Help with making homes more energy efficient, e.g. through installation of insulation or heating system upgrade
- Emergency heating to vulnerable residents in cold weather
- Up to 3 portable heaters, ‘gifted’ to a resident
- Heating repairs subject to funding
- Installation/ replacement of central heating systems for O/Os and some private tenants, if on benefits or low income
- Where a resident is in privately rented accommodation that is insufficiently heated/ insulated, Healthy Homes can take the matter to enforcement officers in Environmental Health
For inpatients at St Charles hospital, whose home address is in the borough.
Patients receive weekly visits from a volunteer who can continue to meet once the resident leaves hospital, and can support return to community life.
Befriending team: 020 7938 8295 or email@example.com
Deafblind UK London Outreach project
Deafblind UK are setting up befriending services in some parts of London (inc. RBKC) for people with combined sight and hearing loss.
Keep Warm Grant
A home owner or tenant of a property may apply for a grant up to £7, 500 per dwelling.
The grant is intended to provide a decent level of warmth in the home and improve its SAP rating
Works will typically include installation of a more efficient central heating system and, where possible, insulation works
Grants team: 020 7361 3002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help for private tenants and homeowners with home improvement and small repairs.
They also operate a Handyperson Service for all residents over 60, regardless of housing situation.
The service can perform small jobs and is low cost, and available to residents in all types of housing. Financial help may be available for those on a low income.
020 8996 8890
Age UK K&C may also be able to help with smaller home maintenance jobs, such as gardening or sorting paperwork. There is not usually a cost, but donations are always welcome.
020 8969 9105
Residents should contact their social worker or occupational therapist if they have one, if not:
Social services: 020 7361 3013 or email@example.com
For a list of the services available in Kensington and Chelsea by tenure, please see the borough pdf below.