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‘I was frightened to put the heating on.’ Evaluating the Changes4Warmth approach to cold homes and mental health

Sherriff, Graeme 2016, ‘I was frightened to put the heating on.’ Evaluating the Changes4Warmth approach to cold homes and mental health , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford UK.

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Abstract

Beat the Cold is currently delivering Changes4Warmth, a Big Lottery funded project in partnership with Changes Health and Wellbeing. It aims to address the fuel poverty of people with mental health needs through offering assistance to mental health service users. This piece of research, funded by the Chesshire Lehmann Fund [link: http://www.chesshire-lehmann.co.uk/], is part of an overall evaluation of this project and an exploration of the relationship between mental health and fuel poverty. The research was co-produced with Beat the Cold and Changes Health and Wellbeing staff and volunteers. Volunteer interviewers received training in research and interviewing, were closely involved with developing the research and interview questions, and carried out the majority of the interviews. The report draws on the interviews to contribute to understandings of the relationship between mental health and wellbeing, cold homes, and the experience of fuel poverty. It looks in particular at the role of home visits carried out by energy advisors and the ways in which these helped to give service users a sense of control over their energy consumption and to access support available to them.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Publisher: University of Salford
Funders: Chesshire Lehmann Fund
Depositing User: Dr Graeme Sherriff
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 11:54
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 11:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38769

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