Stockton Council’s Warm Homes Healthy people scheme is set to continue for another year, offering vulnerable residents help to stay warm and well this winter.
The Council’s annual Warm Homes, Healthy People campaign re-launched last week (Wednesday 15 October) to help improve the health of residents during the colder months.
The scheme is targeted to people who are aged over 75, have a disability or a child with a disability, are on a low income or have a long term illness made worse by the cold. The Council is working with several partners to support vulnerable residents during winter and improve health, home energy efficiency and housing standards.
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said: “We know that cold homes can lead to serious health conditions and premature deaths. That is why it is vital people keep warm during the colder months.
“The Warm Homes Healthy People scheme helps those most vulnerable to cold weather to stay warm, well looked after and helps to reduce the risk of illness. In addition a range of valuable services is available through the scheme, including practical assistance and advice for those who may need extra support.
“This scheme is bringing huge benefits to so many people across Stockton Borough and that’s why we have committed nearly £250,000 in total to the 2014/15 Warm Homes Healthy People scheme.”
Warm Homes Healthy People also offers residents in the Borough the chance to volunteer as part of its 'buddying' scheme. Volunteers who would like to become 'buddies' will receive full training and be partnered with a vulnerable resident of the Borough, providing them with assistance over the winter months.
To find out more about the service or become a ‘buddy’ visit www.stockton.gov.uk/warmhomes or call 01642 528215.
For emergency help with heating outside of these hours contact Cleveland Fire Brigade on their 24-hour helpline on 01429 874063.