Vulnerable residents will be helped to stay safe and warm during the winter after Liverpool City Council has been awarded government funding.
It has obtained a grant of just under £300,000 from the Department of Health’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ fund to protect individuals and communities from the effects of severe winter weather due to cold housing.
Liverpool’s bid – ‘Don’t Get Left Out in The Cold’ – was developed by the council’s Housing Strategy Team and is the second year in succession that it has been successful in gaining funding and follows the success of the recent winter survival event at St George’s Hall.
The grant will support a number of schemes including improving insulation and offer help with boiler repairs and central heating insulation. Warm packs will also be delivered to residents across the city.
The council, through its Housing Strategy, Healthy Homes and Emergency Planning teams will work with partners from Local Solutions; the Fire Support Network, – who will assist residents with dementia by removing the dangers associated with the use of unsafe heating and cooking appliances -the British Red Cross, Community Foundations for Merseyside and Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton ,who will be visiting vulnerable housebound residents
A key element in the bid was tackling social isolation. Local community and residents groups will be supported to deliver services to help vulnerable residents by calling on them and helping them stay safe during extreme weather.
“We want to make sure everybody who needs it receives support during cold weather, “said Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for housing. “Just by being good neighbours and calling on people who may need help can make a real difference and this funding will help us support groups who do that.
“We can also make improvements to people’s homes to keep them warm. This is a priority for us as fuel poverty is a real issue for a significant number of people in this city.
“The winter survival campaign has given information, advice and support to a lot of our residents. Now we can provide even more help in making sure our vulnerable residents stay warm and safe this winter.”