Winter Support Scheme


Published: 26/01/2023

On 14 December we opened our Winter Support Scheme to assist tenants who needed a little help during this cost of living crisis.  We had received £2,500 of funding and were keen to get it to tenants who needed it.

In less than 24 hours, we had received over 100 applications and had to close the scheme.  Fortunately, we were able to top up the fund with an additional £5,000 and help out almost everyone who applied in that first 24 hours. 

Just before we closed for the festive break, our Housing and Property Officers were very busy hand delivering food vouchers and kitchen appliances, whilst staff arranged for the delivery of household items to help keep energy costs down such as duvets and heated clothes dryers.  Most of our staff pitched in to help – even our Chief Executive did an Aldi run to buy the vouchers and now holds the record for the highest single spend at the new Haddington store!  Our thanks also to the staff at Aldi for processing so many vouchers in one go at such short notice.

While the Scheme is currently closed, we have been successful in securing a further £10,000 and will re-open for applications when this money has been received – watch this space to find out more!

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