‘Heat Seekers’ sessions giving advice

Helping enable warm homes . . . The Valley Project community worker Charlotte Wilson is running free drop-in "Heat Seekers" clinics for North East Valley residents looking for information on Warmer Kiwi Homes subsidies. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Hundreds more households in North East Valley will join the ranks of the warm and cosy, thanks to the extension of “warm-up zones” across the city.

And to help ensure local residents successfully access their entitlements, place-based community organisation The Valley Project is stepping up with support and advice.

Community worker Charlotte Wilson is hosting free weekly “Heat Seekers” drop-in sessions on Tuesday mornings, helping locals to find out if they are eligible for the increased insulation and heating subsidies.

“There are a lot of villas and older homes in the valley, particularly on the flat side, so ensuring people can have access to insulation is very important,” Ms Wilson said.

Previously, the subsidies were available to homeowners in parts of Liberton, Pine Hill and North East Valley, but warm-up zones have now been extended to include most of the north side of North Rd.

The Valley Project manager Tess Trotter said the clinics provided reassurance for people who might be a bit suspicious about the subsidies.

“People may be unsure that the subsidies are for real, so hearing it from us can help them for move towards a warmer home.”

It was also exciting for people to learn that for some, the Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes subsidy and support from the Dunedin City Council and Otago Community Trust could mean their insulation was totally free.

The Valley Project’s Heat Seekers drop-in clinics are held on Tuesdays, from 10am to noon, at the community rooms next to North East Valley Normal School.