Dorset Community Foundation is offering £200 support for over 50s in fuel poverty with its Surviving Winter Appeal.

The foundation is urging people in need to contact their local Citizens Advice to receive a one-off grant of up to £200.

Because of this year’s phenomenal support from local residents donating their unwanted winter fuel allowances, the Dorset Community Foundation have lowered the age range to cover local residents over 50 who meet the winter fuel poverty criteria, have significant health conditions, are on the highest level of benefits and have little current chance of improving life circumstances.

The winter fuel grants will pay for anything to do with the winter – bills, contributions towards new boilers and even hot meals, insulation or clothing.

The grants are being dispersed via Citizens Advice across Dorset.  Visit Citizens Advice Bournemouth & Poole at our Town Hall office or at one of our outreaches to have an Adviser process your application.

Once the funding has been used up, further grants applications for this winter will no longer be considered.

To donate to the appeal, or find out more about the wider work of the Dorset Community Foundation, go to