Healthy Homes is a partnership between Frome Town Council, Frome Medical Practice and the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE).
The Healthy Homes project was created to ensure that people in Frome who are at risk of cold homes get the support they need. There is also a range of support available for installing energy efficiency measures including grant schemes and low interest loans.
Cold and damp homes are bad for physical and mental health. Problems linked to the cold range from blood pressure increases and common colds, to heart attacks and pneumonia. Living in a home that is draughty and loses heat through uninsulated windows, walls and roofs also leads to households paying too much for their heating and increasing their carbon footprint.
As part of the project, Frome Medical Practice’s staff have been writing to patients who may require support and referring them to the Centre for Sustainable Energy’s (CSE) free and impartial energy advice service. We know that GPs are some of the most trusted figures in our community so hope that contacting people in this way will encourage them to take up the offer of support.
Throughout 2023 we will also be holding drop-in advice sessions in locations around Frome in partnership with CSE.
Thanks to funding from Frome Renewable Energy Co-operative our Energy Advice Champions are now able to visit the most vulnerable residents to help install simple energy efficiency measures such as draught proofing, thermal curtains, radiator panels and set their heating controls correctly.
Meet the Healthy Homes Team
Community Sustainability Lead
Community Retrofit Lead
Dr Helen Kingston
Senior GP Partner, Frome Medical Practice
Economic Development & Regeneration Manager & Deputy Town Clerk
Residents referred for energy saving measures to date
Tonnes of carbon emissions saved so far each year
Access our Toolkits
In Spring 2023, we produced updated versions of our toolkits to share learnings from our development phase. We have the following toolkits available as downloadable A4 PDFs:
* Future Shed – Edventure Frome
* Storytelling – Edventure Frome
* Choosing Wisely – Frome Medical Practical
* Green Community Connectors - Frome Medical Practice
* Healthy Homes – Frome Town Council
* Cycle Together – Frome Town Council
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