Collaboration is key at Wessex Water/SSEN event
Wessex Water and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have teamed up to showcase how we work together to support customers in vulnerable circumstances.
A shared utility event was held for the first time at our Bath headquarters, where partner charities, councils and community groups were able to learn more about schemes such as Priority Services – a register of customers with specific needs that is quick and easy to join.
Wessex Water is committed to an open systems approach to helping customers and we’ve recently launched our new Marketplace platform, an online collaboration tool for organisations inside and outside the water industry.
Kate Robbins, Wessex Water’s head of customer policy, said: “We know that anyone can find themselves vulnerable at any time, maybe due to illness or unemployment or simply a change of circumstances such as a bereavement or relationship break-up.
“Because our customers are our priority, we are committed to providing extra support and help when and where it is most needed.
“Working in partnership with SSEN has enabled us to share best practice, lobby for change and work collaboratively to raise awareness and increase take-up of our support schemes such as Priority Services.”
SSEN stakeholder engagement manager Alison Dean added: “SSEN and Wessex Water have been working in partnership since May 2016 to support our customers in vulnerable circumstances.
“This event gave us the opportunity to show what we can oﬀer and enabled us to reach and better support those customers in our region who need us most.”
Priority Services provides tailored help for people who need it. For example, providing bills and information in alternative formats, a password scheme for visits and ensuring customers always have access to water during unplanned interruptions such as a burst.
Attendees at the shared utility event were: Alzheimer’s Support; Aster Group; Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership; Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Citizens Advice; Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council; British Red Cross; Centre for Sustainable Energy; Chippenham Borough Lands Charity; Consumer Council for Water; Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service; DWP; GreenSquare; Groundwork South; Harris & Saunders; Hope Debt Advice Service; Independent Age; PramaLIFE; Public Health England; Purbeck Citizens Advice; SafeWise; Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust; Selwood Housing; Swindon Borough Council; The Rise Trust; Virgin Care; Wessex Cancer Trust; Wiltshire & Swindon LRF; Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living; Wiltshire Citizens Advice; Wiltshire Community Foundation; Wiltshire Council.