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A Warmer Winter For York's Older People


6:54am 23rd November 2012

City of York Council in partnership with Age UK York and Yorkshire Energy Partnership has successfully bid for funding to assist and advise older people on how to keep warm over this winter period.

They say that a grant of £17,977 will ensure that the partnership can offer a range of measures to vulnerable, older people from the authority’s Warmer Winter scheme which starts on 1 December.

City of York Council says the support includes:

1.   Over 800 copies of a winter guide which will include an easy-to-read thermometer will be shared with all older and vulnerable residents

2.   Over 80 free Home Energy Audits for older and vulnerable people living in extra care schemes who have been identified by care agencies and statutory and voluntary partners as being particularly at risk. The scheme will help identify funding opportunities to help make improvements to insulation or heating in their home and to provide support and advice to stay safe and healthy

3.   Publicity to raise awareness amongst older people on how to prepare for the cold weather

4.   During extreme weather, the funding will pay for advice and information and will provide:

  • A service offering shopping for essentials and prescription collection, as well as general monitoring and support to find and engage vetted plumbers or other essential trades-people
  • 100 emergency packs which will include vacuum flasks, torches, fleece blankets, hats and gloves and shoe grippers
  • 20 emergency heaters for short-term loan should boilers break down
  • An emergency fund to provide small loans to enable boilers to be quickly repaired.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Service said: “We will deploy this funding to support our work to help older and more vulnerable people cope with the worst weather and adds to our efforts to help residents and tenants keep warm and well in their homes. This programme also complements a series of drop-in sessions on housing options for older people that we’re running this winter too.”

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