With households across Darlington likely to be feeling the pinch on the back of the rising cost of heating, food, and other day to day living expenses, charitable organisation The Green Doctors are reminding people to come and see them at one of their timely drop in advice sessions being held at locations throughout the borough during May 2022.
The sessions are being funded by Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, and which is currently carrying out a £9 million investment to improve the reliability and resilience of the power network serving the Darlington area. Working in partnership with Darlington Council, the company is funding the sessions as part of its commitment to being a force for good in the communities it operarates in.
Every year, the Green Doctors help thousands of households save money on their energy and water bills and they also provide advice on how people can make their homes warmer and healthier at the same time. At the Darlington drop in sessions, residents can chat to a friendly expert about how they can reduce their energy bills, make their homes more energy efficient, maximise their income and potentially access grants and other support. This advice is free and available to everyone living in any type of property, be that housing association homes, council properties, privately rented or privately owned.
The Green Doctor sessions are running in tandem with The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT), a charity that operates weekly hubs where local people can access quality affordable food.
The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) is an award-winning and innovative affordable food service that is easy for anyone to join. For just £7.50, TBBT members’ shopping bags are filled with a minimum of £35 worth of items made up of quality nutritious food. Each week members access three bags of produce including fresh fruit and veg, chilled goods for the fridge, as well as cupboard staples such as pasta and cereal. Families can use their NHS Healthy Start vouchers and low cost period products are also available.
The joint Green Doctor drop in sessions/TBBT hubs can be found at:
- Firthmoor Community Centre, Burnside Road,DL1 4SU 12:45 – 2:30pm Friday 13 May
- Elim Pentecostal Church, Bowman Street, DL3 OHE 1:30 – 3:15pm Monday 16 May
- Windsor Court, Newton Lane, DL3 9HF 12:45 – 2:15pm Tuesday 17 May
- Eastbourne Community Hub, Eastbourne Park, DL1 4AY 1:15-2:45pm Thursday 19 May
- Head of Steam Museum, Station Rd, DL3 6ST* 10am -12 noon Wednesday 18 May
*Please note, The Bread and Butter Thing hubs will not be operating at the Head of Steam Museum event.
A spokesperson for Northern Powergrid said: “We’re now one year into our three-year network upgrade scheme which will improve the reliability and resilience of the area’s electricity supply. Our work will also ensure there’s enough capacity to support the demand for power as the population grows and people become more reliant on electricity to work, power their businesses, heat their homes and charge electric vehicles.
“This is a complex scheme requiring us to excavate in the roadway and footpath along a 6km route. We know that works of this nature can be disruptive and that’s why we’re always keen to give something back to the communities we impact.
“The collaboration between Darlington Council, The Green Doctors, The Bread and Butter Thing and ourselves is a great example of the power of community partnerships. I would encourage anyone with concerns about how to manage rising energy bills and/or feeding themselves and their families to head down to one of these events and have a chat to one of these very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable experts.”
Northern Powergrid offers free Priority Services Membership for anyone who might need extra help and support during a power cut. For information about joining this service visit northernpowergrid.com/care or call 0800 169 2996.
The Green Doctors can be contacted on freephone 0808 168 3547 or 0113 238 0601 or email email@example.com
People interested in using The Bread and Butter Thing’s affordable food service need to register as members and should contact TBBT by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07860 063304. There is also a sign up form and more information at www.breadandbutterthing.org/contact.