Brighton and Hove is highlighting the work of charities, social enterprises, businesses and the public sector in the city – and the University of Brighton is joining in by showing how people can tackle fuel poverty.
‘Any Other Business’ is a collection of local individuals and organisations who “want to open the door on the social good going on in and around our city”.
Organisers said: “Using Brighton Festival’s theme the ‘Everyday Epic’, we are curating a series of interactive events from the 20 – 26 May that showcase the work of charities, social enterprises, businesses and the public sector in and around Brighton & Hove. The events hosted over the week serve to show the epic character of social good this city has but very few know about.
“Join us in exploring how we can work together effectively so that all members of our community can flourish and fulfil their potential.”
The University of Brighton is taking part with “Ending Fuel Poverty: How Working Together Can Keep Us All Warm” at Hove Town Hall between 11am and 3pm on 26 May.
Frontline workers from a multi-partner fuel poverty intervention project will share experiences of tackling fuel poverty in the city. Following this, Dr Mary Darking, the university’s Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Innovation, and colleague Dr Catherine Will from the University of Sussex, will be presenting findings of their research based on their evaluation of ‘Warmth 4 Wellbeing’ a summary of which can be found here.
Dr Darking said: “No one should be rendered poor by the cost of heating their home and seeing to other energy needs. There is much that the two universities can do to make a difference here and we look forward to future collaboration with local health, government and voluntary and community sector partners to tackle this issue.”
Tickets are free but to book a visit, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ending-fuel-poverty-how-working-together-can-keep-us-all-warm-tickets-34472790043
For more information about the evaluation, go to: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/ssparc/research-projects/warmth-for-wellbeing.aspx