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The Western Home Environmental Assessment Project commenced on the 1st November 2009 and is well under way in the Strabane District Council area. WHEAP is a 5 year project, funded by the Big Lottery, the Public Health Agency and the 5 Councils in the West, to support families with children under the age of 5 years and persons over 65 years, with issues of safety, security and health.
We aim to reduce home accidents, fuel poverty and fear of crime as well as to improve physical and mental health and well-being of residents in the community. Olivia Lagan, the Home Assessment Officer for the Strabane District, is currently carrying out visits across the district, providing advice on issues around:
- Home Safety,
- Home Security,
- Energy Efficiency,
- Fuel Poverty,
- Sign Posting (into various beneficial services within the locality)
Following assessment of households may be supplied with equipment to reduce the possibility of accidents and increase security. Listed below are examples of equipment that may be available through the scheme.
Under 5's Over 65 yrs
Stair Gates Helping Hands
Fireguards Long handle shoe horn
Cupboard Locks Jar openers
Corner Covers Low Energy Light Bulbs
- Door Chains (Wooden / PVC)
- Door Viewer
- 24 hr Plug in Timer
- Magnetic Window Alarm
- Referral into Community Safety Partnerships e.g. Social Alarm Systems
- Referral to Crime Prevention Units within the PSNI.
The WHEAP Home Assessment Officer is also a referral agent for the Warm Homes Scheme and can ascertain through a home visit if the resident is eligible for the scheme. She will make the initial referral on the resident's behalf and remain as a point of contact and support throughout the process.
Referral to the scheme can be made by:
Organisation / 3rd Party Referral,
Please note that referrals made on behalf of a resident must have their full consent.
For further information on the project, to make a referral or to arrange a Home Visit please contact the WHEAP Home Assessment Ofiicer, Strabane District Council, Environmental Health Department, 47 Derry Road, Strabane BT82 8DY
Tel: 028 71381311 or Email:email@example.com
"The Western Home Environmental Assessment Project (WHEAP) is funded by the Big Lottery fund in conjunction with Strabane DC, Omagh DC, Fermanagh DC, Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, The Public Health Agency and the Western Health Action Zone. WHEAP is also supported by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland Energy Agency, North West Community Network, Strabane and District Citizens Advice Bureau, Fermanagh Rural Community Network and Omagh Forum for Rural Associations"