Vulnerable residents and families are to be given extra help over the winter to keep them healthy, safe and warm.
Blackburn with Darwen Council has successfully bid for £115,000 from the Department of Health for the Warm Homes – Healthy People initiative.
Whether young or old, cold weather can cause serious health problems for people.
A number of partners including the Council, NHS, Age UK, Care Network and CVS have pledged to join forces, share intelligence and provide extra services ontop of their day activities.
• Free room thermometers
• Extra phone calls and home visits during the cold weather
• Specialist advice on benefits and other entitlements
• Fully trained staff offering advice on health and housing issues
• Extension of handyman service and a fast response in emergencies
• Emergency packs including fleece blankets, hot water bottles, thermal gloves and low energy heaters
• Recruitment and training of 20 new volunteer “winter buddies” who can check on elderly residents
• Emergency assistance for urgent repairs to heating
• Help with gritting and snow clearance.
The Warm Homes – Health People initiative is aimed at reducing winter deaths, the number of cold/damp homes, falls and accidents and alleviating fuel poverty.