New scheme aims to help residents reduce their bills

Voluntary organisations Network North East (VONNE) and Community Action Northumberland (CAN) have teamed up with Warm Up North to launch the Community Challenge scheme.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 27 February, 2016, 15:05
Berwick Community Trust.

Warm Up North aims to tackle fuel poverty, while helping to lower energy bills and make keeping warm more affordable for thousands of homes.

The Community Challenge scheme can potentially help many residents in Northumberland to reduce their energy bills by acquiring a new gas boiler, and helping a local community organisation along the way.

Local community groups can benefit by referring potentially eligible people for free gas boilers, subject to eligibility and survey. This means residents can speak to someone from an organisation they trust before they move forward into the scheme.

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Selected charities and community groups will be able to refer people to VONNE who will then forward to Warm Up North. For every successful gas boiler installed, the selected charity or group will receive a £40 award from Warm Up North to reinvest in their community projects.

Berwick Community Trust has already signed up and welcomes anyone who wishes to discuss how to get a new boiler for free. Call 01289 303366.

Any groups can express an interest by contacting Christine Nicholls on 01289 304141 or