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Vulnerable people stay warm this winter

With the recent winter weather across the UK, Herefordshire Council’s successful bid in partnership with 14 voluntary organisations for £165,000 is helping vulnerable people stay warm this winter is very timely.

This is the second year running that the council’s private sector housing team successfully led the bid to the Department of Health’s “Warm Homes Healthy People Fund” which is being used in a variety of ways to help reduce the effects of the cold weather during its Get Warm Stay Warm campaign.  

The team is working with a number of local organisations to provide a range of services which are over and above what is normally provided.

Cllr Russell B. Hamilton, Cabinet Member for environment, housing and planning said: “The annual cost to the NHS of treating winter-related disease due to cold private housing is over £850 million, so being able to provide these interventions help to reduce the impact on vulnerable residents is vital.

“We were really pleased to be able to get this additional funding and to work with local partners to benefit residents through the Get Warm Stay Warm initiative again this year.”

This year, Get Warm Stay Warm partners also includes Herefordshire Carers Support, and Home-Start Herefordshire, as family carers and young children have been particularly identified as needing assistance in addition to older people.

Jacqueline O’Mahony, the council’s lead on Get Warm Stay Warm, said: “Together with our local partners we have an array of things available to help people get through the winter.

“Some of the things we can provide this year are cold weather packs that include thermal hats, gloves and slippers, heaters and draught exclusion kits, meals, advice on fuel bills, home inspections and assistance for homeless residents, to name a few.  We urge people needing assistance to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

For more information contact: Signposting on 01432 383825, mentioning Get Warm Stay Warm. Or email signposting on fwarden@herefordshire.gov.uk . Referrals will then be directed to all the relevant agencies for action.