Winter assistance packs delivered

Winter assistance packs being produced

The fifth annual Winter Assistance packing took place at the Florrie on Mill Street.

Cllr Gerard Woodhouse (left) and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O'Byrne (centre) with volunteers at the packing
Cllr Gerard Woodhouse (left) and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O’Byrne (centre) with volunteers at the packing

A total of 1,500 packs were put together by an army of volunteers to help the elderly and most vulnerable across the city.

There were 39,000 items placed into the bags, including warm scarves, hats and socks, draft excluders, food items and advice on benefits and services.

Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People said: “In 2014 we packed 500 bags, in 2015 we packed 1,000 bags and this year we accomplished 1,500.

“We are seeing more and more of our older and vulnerable people struggling to make ends meet, having to make decisions between heating and eating.

“The packs will make things a little easier and definitely make them smile that someone has thought of them.”

WATCH: Winter Assistance Packs are put together at the Florrie

Food items were donated by the North, South and Central Foodbanks, while £30,000 was raised to fund the packs, donors including: The Mayors Fund, Ward Councillors from: Allerton Ward, Anfield Ward, Clubmoor Ward, County Ward, Cressington Ward, Everton Ward, Kensington Ward, Kirkdale Ward, Old Swan Ward, Picton Ward, Riverside Ward, Warbreck Ward, West Derby Ward, Speke & Garston Ward. Homecarers Liverpool, Liverpool Housing Trust, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Local Solutions, Merseycare Julie Ann, One Vision Housing, Plus Dane, Regenda, South Liverpool Housing, The Whitechapel Centre, North, South and Central Foodbanks.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor thanked the volunteers for contributing their time, the Florrie for the use of the gym and Ray Jones for coordinating the distribution to residents across the city, adding: “Winter can be the lonely and isolating for people for many reasons and for some people it can be a really bleak time.

“These packs are a wonderful way of letting our people know they are not forgotten, and that we do care.”

One of the volunteers commented: “At this time of year it’s all about buying material things, presents to give to loved ones. It’s easy to get sucked into trying to buy the latest gadget or toy, rather than thinking about those around us who are vulnerable or struggling to make ends meet. It’s lovely to take some time out to do something for other people.”