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Publication date: Monday 14 January 2013
As the cold snap takes a grip, the need for older people to stay warm and well is paramount.
Haringey Council and Age UK Haringey are reaching out to all older residents in the borough with practical support on staying healthy and keeping warm during the winter weather.
The council has been awarded £153,900 from the government’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund to run this year’s 'Warm and Well' campaign.
The funding is paying for extra staff to visit 200 older people and agree measures to ensure they can help themselves and each other to maximise their wellbeing in the community. In addition, staff and volunteers are teaming up to contact a further 400 people aged over 60 to offer them a free home energy efficiency check and other home safety interventions.
The action builds on the success of a similar campaign last year which saw more than 400 older Haringey residents gain support on a range of issues from entitlements to grants and benefits to getting active and connecting with others online.
Cold homes have a significant impact on older people's health and one of the best ways of staying healthy is to stay warm - many older people are eligible for grants and for additional support.
As well as signposting those that are eligible, the campaign offers a range of support on combating fuel poverty and taking proactive steps to improve health and well being - such as getting connected with new technology to combat isolation, being aware of how to avoid injury and illness and staying active and independent.
Information will be available at locations including GPs’ surgeries, leisure centres and customer service centres, while libraries and health centres will host pop-up advice sessions.
Cllr Bernice Vanier, Cabinet member for Health and Adult Services, said:
"We will be working with our partners in the NHS and voluntary sector to target this extra money where it’s needed the most.
"One of our pop up advice sessions has already enabled a number of older people to get their energy bills online and compare quotes and deals. This kind of skill building has been important for residents to manage their fuel needs over the winter, but also in getting connected and feeling more empowered.
"There are many more people that could access support and advice that haven’t yet - either through isolation or through not perceiving themselves to have a critical need.
"We hope that anyone reading this will put themselves, or older relatives, friends and neighbours in touch with the services on offer."