No Child Cold Campaign

Published: 02 February 2021

No Child Cold, a campaign which aims to make sure every child in the Bradford district is warm this winter has been launched. Bradford’s community groups, faith groups, public sector organisations and the business community have joined forces on the No Child Cold campaign to help families struggling with the extra heating costs caused by children being at home more during lockdown.
 
They are asking businesses and individuals to donate to a fund that will provide one-off small grants to families who need help to keep the heating on at home when children would normally be in school.
 
As a result of lockdown, around 75,000 children in Bradford are learning from home this winter. But at least 21,000 of those children live in homes where the adults who care for them are struggling to afford to heat the home for all that extra time.
 
The scheme is being run by Citizens Advice with donations being collected by Give Bradford. Families in need will be referred by schools, foodbanks and voluntary sector groups.
 
The scheme will support families where the household income has dropped as a result of a loss of hours at work or furlough as well as families in receipt of certain benefits, or where children qualify for free school meals, and fuel costs have increased because the children have had to stay at home because of school closures.
 
The grants of up to £80, will be paid direct to the energy suppliers of the families. Donations can be made through Give Bradford and further information on the scheme and how to apply can be found on https://www.cabad.org.uk/nochildcold.