Keeping a healthy home this winter

Liverpool residents looking for advice and guidance about keeping warm this winter are being encouraged to be part of a special, free event next week.

Almost 35,000 households in Liverpool are living in fuel poverty, and they are paying 10% or more of their income on fuel costs to stay warm. This equates to 17% of households living in poverty in the city, compared to 10% nationally.

The Healthy Homes Winter Survival Event will take place from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday 21 November at the Holiday Inn (St Johns Shopping Centre).

There will be around 40 exhibitors providing 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 health checks, massages, exercise demonstrations and even a prize draw which will see the lucky winner receive £100 off their gas or electricity bill.

Also, there will be a free hot drink on arrival along with a free bag of vegetables (while stocks last) along with top tips on how to transform it into a delicious, healthy soup.

The aim is to give people the information they need in order to stay warm over the winter months and let them know what support is available when it comes to paying utility bills.

The event will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Christine Banks. She said: “The Winter Survival event provides all the advice and information needed to get through even the harshest of winters. There will be plenty of experts on hand to offer help on everything from fuel bills to the best way of keeping active.

“The figures around fuel poverty are shocking and goes to show how big the issue is in this city. We are committed to doing as much as we can to ensure everybody has the best help in dealing with their energy bills.

“It is also very important that elderly people keep active throughout the winter and there will be demonstrations at the event showing how you don’t even need to leave your chair to exercise!

“So, make sure you call in at the Holiday Inn to ensure you are as prepared as possible for the cold winter months.”

It has been organised by Liverpool City Council’s Healthy Homes team. For more information visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/healthyhomesprogramme.