Vulnerable householders hit last week by floods in the North West are to get help with repairs and heating, thanks to an emergency fund launched by Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).
Up to £200,000 of the charity’s £1million plus programme for this year is being pledged for low income households in the worst hit parts of the North West. The charity is also appealing to older people across the country to consider donating their Winter Fuel Payments to the FILT Floods Fund.
Funds donated will be channelled by FILT to accredited home improvement agencies (HIAs) working in the North West, including HIA services in Carlisle, Wyre and Fylde, Blackpool and Lancaster.
These HIAs can help vulnerable householders with services to alleviate some of the immediate aftermath of floods and make their homes habitable again. While many people will have insurance or other resources to fall back on, there are a considerable number who won’t have the luxury of that protection and may be wholly or partially uninsured.
Commenting on the initiative, Robert Cornwall, who leads for the council in Carlisle on their HIA services, said: “This is a really well timed initiative from FILT and will bring much needed immediate help to householders at greatest risk, perhaps because of illness or inadequate or non-existent insurance protection for their home. While our immediate focus has been on ensuring the safety of everyone in the community, I and my colleagues in housing are now turning our attention to those needing temporary accommodation and those at greatest need because of work needed on the home. We hope this initiative can help us get boots on the ground to quickly start the process of repairs and restoration work for householders who qualify alongside the other offers of help being received.”
Chair of the FILT Board, which agreed to set up the Fund this week, Stephen Burke added: “By supporting local home improvement agencies in the heart of affected communities, we can respond quickly and with minimal bureaucracy to support those in greatest need. We will work with the HIAs to reach those vulnerable householders speedily. We have excellent relations with a number of national firms and organisations who already generously support our work. We are confident others will want to join them to help vulnerable householders make their homes warm and safe through the FILT Floods Fund.”
FILT and home improvement agencies
FILT helps older and vulnerable people living in England repair, adapt or maintain their own homes when no other support is available.
Home improvement and handyperson service providers are local organisations dedicated to helping older people, people with disabilities, and vulnerable people to live in safety and with dignity in their own homes.
Support this work
Members of the public and businesses can support this work easily by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button on the FILT website.