Knowsley Council and its partners have launched a campaign to help residents ‘be prepared for winter’.
With practical advice and support on keeping warm and healthy, the campaign is targeting residents who are most at risk from the cold including the over 60s, families with children under 5 and people with long-term health conditions.
As part of the campaign, staff have been attending flu clinics, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease clinics (COPD) and will be visiting foodbanks passing on invaluable advice and support.
A handy guide - ‘Be Prepared for Winter’ – full of information on keeping warm, health advice and useful contacts has been produced. It’s available on the council’s website (www.knowsley.gov.uk), from one stop shops, GP surgeries and pharmacies.
To be eligible for the work residents must be a home owner, aged 60 and over or the parent/guardian of a child under 5, and in receipt of eligible benefits.
The Council’s Energy Officer has more information on the scheme and is available on 0151 443 5817.
In addition, Knowsley Community and Voluntary Services (KCVS) are providing free energy efficiency training for residents and staff who come into contact with residents on a regular basis.
Those who are trained will then be able to share advice and information to ensure that people are keeping their homes as warm as possible, and keeping energy bills down.
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “At this time of year, we want to ensure our most vulnerable residents have as much help and support as possible. That’s why we have introduced our ‘be prepared for winter’ campaign, which as well as offering practical advice such as wearing many thin layers and drinking hot drinks throughout the day, we are able to offer financial support for essential boiler and heating repairs to those who need it most.”