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Feb 14 2014

Council Warms Up Hundreds of Homes during Stormy Winter

harrow_council_logoAs storms batter the borough, Harrow Council has offered help and support, including free blankets, slippers and home insulation, to hundreds of vulnerable elderly residents.

So far, 450 older people have been offered support, either through a phonecall from a dedicated telephone helpline or a visit to their home, through the Council’s Winter Warmers Scheme.

The scheme is aimed at supporting vulnerable older residents during the winter months and the package of help on offer includes:

  • Blankets and slippers to keep warm
  • Window and door insulation
  • A series of 12 lunch clubs run together with Age UK

Where a resident has wanted help, the Council has visited them with their free items and followed up with phone calls to check on their welfare. The Council’s Meals on Wheels service has delivered the blankets and slippers, while our maintenance teams have carried out home insulation work.

Residents have also been offered vital advice on keeping fuel costs down and how to find out if they are eligible for financial help.

Around 65 residents have so far attended the lunch clubs, coordinated by Age UK Harrow and supported by the Council’s catering staff. The events include a hot meal, gentle exercise classes and a talk from different organisations each week, such as the police, fire brigade, and health trainers. A further nine events are planned before the end of March and in total up to 300 people are expected to attend.

Harrow Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Simon Williams, who launched the scheme, said: ”The winter weather, including the storms we are seeing at the moment, can make many people feel isolated and lonely. It is really important that we can offer some help to those who may be particularly at risk, such as the older vulnerable resident.”

He continued: “While councils are limited in what we can do about fuel prices, we can at least help people with advice on the best deals and practical steps to keep warm while keeping costs down.

“What this scheme has also helped with is overcoming the feeling of loneliness, and friendships have been made. The contact with Council staff both in person and over the phone has proved really beneficial, but so too have the lunchtime sessions where we offer a bit of cheer and companionship while sharing important messages on keeping safe and well.”

Minnie Glass, 97, received a free blanket and slippers under the scheme.

She said: “I have not had slippers before, and am really pleased with them, they are lovely and warm!”

The Winter Warmer campaign is being backed with a £50,000 fund provided by Harrow Council.

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1 comment

  1. sonoo malkani

    What an excellent and compassionate initiative by Harrow Council ,working with Age UK and partners to bring some relief and much needed support for our vulnerable citizens.This is the kind of practical help which needs to be embedded in our social fabric all the time.Since funds are not endless, one could start trying some fund-raising projects during less challenging lives to keep wonderful schemes like this one going.

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