Advice and help available on staying warm this winter

Free help and advice about keeping warm and staying healthy this winter is being offered in Liverpool on Friday 29 November.

Around 30,000 households in the city live in fuel poverty, meaning residents are unable to keep their homes heated at a reasonable cost, and almost 10,000 are without gas central heating.

The Winter Survival event at the Holiday Inn hotel on Lime Street from 10am – 1pm, is to coincide with the National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2019, and will include displays from around 40 exhibitors from a wide range of organisations, including Liverpool City Council and community groups.

Liverpool City Council’s Healthy Homes Team, which works to improve energy efficiency and insulation of homes for the most vulnerable, will be offering access to free first time central heating and replacement boilers, subject to survey and eligibility, after securing funding to upgrade 500 properties.

They will also provide information and advice on a number of issues including:

• Fuel Poverty
• Debt
• Energy efficiency
• Financial assistance
• Healthy living
• Keeping Active
• Social inclusion

There will be free tea and coffee available on arrival and a free bag of vegetables to take home (subject to availability and whilst stocks last), donated by CHATS, Community Health Ambassador Team.

Those attending will be entered into a free prize draw to win prizes donated by local businesses and there will be free health checks, therapies and massages.

The event forms part of the city’s Winter Survival campaign, which is aimed at reducing excess winter deaths in Liverpool, of which there were 411 in 2017/18.

More information about the Healthy Homes programme can be found at www.liverpool.gov.uk/healthyhomesprogramme or by calling freephone 0800 012 1754.

Councillor Paul Brant, Cabinet member for adult social care, said: “This event is aimed at preventing avoidable deaths.

“All the organisations taking part want to get messages out about how our older people can stay warm, safe and active during the winter months.

“There will be a lot of information, advice and support available and we hope as many people as possible come along to the event and they will be able to cope much better with the cold weather.”