Warm reception for lifesaving winter initiative

By on 05/03/2013 in Cllr Bedser, News
Cllr Steve Bedser

Cllr Steve Bedser

Over 500 households have already benefitted from a groundbreaking Birmingham City Council initiative helping some of the city's most vulnerable people stay warm and well through the winter months.

And the ‘Stay Warm, Stay Well’ campaign has also offered vital support to homeless street sleepers across the city.

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, secured Department of Health funds for the life-saving campaign in December.

Since then, officers have:

  • Carried out home visits to households to determine if they are eligible to receive measures to improve cold homes, maximize low incomes or just generally find out how to better manage heating and hot water supplies to get affordable warmth.
  • Helped street sleepers access services and get help to address personal difficulties.
  • Issued practical winter warmth packs to street sleepers.
  • Organized Warm Space events in community libraries, offering advice from a home energy adviser.

Cllr Bedser said: “This initiative has provided vital help and advice to some of our most vulnerable residents and has undoubtedly provided a much-needed safety net for many families.

“The ‘Stay Warm, Stay Well’ campaign aims to reduce the risk of winter deaths and admissions to hospital and has helped a large number of households prepare for and survive the cold weather.”

'Stay Warm Stay Well' aims to reach those with health issues made worse by the cold and staff are working with partners to identify beneficiaries through the existing services like special school nurses , the flu immunization programme, hospital clinics, pharmacies and GPs.

If you think you, or someone you know, could benefit from the 'Stay Warm Stay Well' campaign the initiative runs until the end of March and the FREEPHONE telephone number is 0800 0337967

Tackling fuel poverty

Last month Birmingham City Council and Solihull Borough Council launched another initiative to reduce fuel poverty in the West Midlands.

Birmingham and Solihull Together, funded by Birmingham City and Solihull Borough Councils, offers householders a four week switching window (offer ends 17 March) in which they can find out whether they can save money on their energy bills before deciding to sign up quickly and easily on line or on the phone.

To find out more visit www.birminghamandsolihulltogether.com, find them on facebook, follow them on twitter @BS_Together or phone 0800 917 5772 or 0121 222 8051.

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For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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