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Harris Voluntary Service Scheme to provide free electric throws for elderly residents

This winter, Harris Voluntary Service is providing free electric throws to Harris residents over the age of 80. The scheme will distribute up to a hundred throws to residents to help with the cost of living crisis. Electric throws are more cost effective than heaters, as they cost very little to use and enable people to stay warm without heating the entire house.

Research has showed that electric throws can save the average house-hold up to £300 on energy bills. This is particularly relevant for people with limited mobility, specific vulnerabilities, and medical needs who will be more severely impacted by the cold weather. Juliette Desportes, Development Manager of Harris Voluntary Service, said HVS was inspired by similar schemes launched in the Isle of Lewis which proved very successful and received great reviews from residents: “With a cold winter already upon us and energy prices increasing, older Harris residents are in particular need of support.

Our hardship fund has helped households face rocketing heating costs, but we wanted to do more. We hope this scheme will keep people warm, for less.” The electric throw scheme was funded by local authority recovery funding awarded by the Scottish Government, which aimed to support households impacted by the cost of living crisis after Covid-19. Depending on uptake and need, it may be extended to other members of the community.

- Request a throw for yourself (if over 80) or on behalf of someone else, by contacting 01859 502171 or email Collection is in person from our Tarbert office (Old Primary School) or by arrangement elsewhere.


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