As part of Project 4F, Footsteps joined the Jubilee Fun Day at Unity Hubb in Ward end on 4th June. Footsteps’ Chris Martin was at the Fun Day with Kevin Webb from Warmer Homes West Midlands providing fuel poverty support for local community members.
The Fun Day was very busy, especially the first two hours: we provided information to about 50 people, and 12 follow up requests were made. People came with a variety of questions and families were in different situations; sometimes Kevin was speaking about ‘retrofit’ opportunities to make green adaptations to existing buildings, at other times about simpler solutions such as replacing filament bulbs with LED ones. We also helped provide advice on fuel bill problems and benefits. Free strip thermometers to help check home temperature (so that people can turn the heating down when not really needed) were very popular as a handout.
The visitors reflected the large local Pakistani Muslim community and we also made contact with the ‘Meet your Neighbour Project’ providing advice to the local Roma community. It was a positive event, and we were glad to connect with local communities in this part of Birmingham.