About Winter Warmth
The Winter Warmth for Older People Project is run by The Hub, a local community action centre in Dumfries; the Community Payback Unit (Dumfries & Galloway Council); and local landowners.
The project delivers free firewood to older people on low incomes in Dumfries & Galloway each winter. With the rising costs of electricity and other fuels, it’s still a hugely important issue. Living in such a rural area means that older people can often become isolated. The combination of isolation and the rising cost of living can be lethal.
Over the winter months, we usually donate about four tonnes of wood fuel to the Winter Warmth Project. The fuel is then distributed for free to those who need it. This is a real lifeline for some people so we will continue to support the scheme. By shopping with us, you are helping to support this so we thank you all!
in 2020 we were asked to step in after COVID-19 threatened to prevent hundreds of vulnerable people from receiving their firewood.
In October 2020, we supplied The Hub with 15 tonnes of wood briquettes and 370 boxes of kindling at cost price.
We then donated our own time and resources to distribute the fuel to 186 households across Dumfries & Galloway. Steven, Ashley (and Ripley the puppy) donated a lot of their own spare time to complete the deliveries.
Dumfries & Galloway is one of the most rural regions in Scotland, and our deliveries spanned over 100 miles from Drummore on the west coast, to Eskdalemuir in the East.
in 2021, our Winter Warmth for Older People support continues! We’re not doing the deliveries ourselves but are still providing the fuels.
To find out about our other charitable work, click here.