Winter help for vulnerable

Local Solutions has come together with Plus Dane Group to provide an unprecedented number of free winter assistance packs to its most vulnerable service users this year.

With the support of Liverpool City Council, the two organisations have a military-style operation planned for Friday 30th November that will see staff congregate at Local Solutions’ headquarters on Mount Vernon Green to organise and distribute approximately 300 packs.

Local Solutions has ran the initiative for the past six winters however this year it was felt, by joining forces with a like-minded organisation, far more vulnerable residents of the city could be reached. The two organisations have both contributed £4000 each to the initiative in order to ease the harsh cold spell for those who need a little extra help.

Chief Executive of Local Solutions, Steve Hawkins commented: “Sadly there is much evidence that more people are struggling to pay their bills and therefore find it hard to keep warm in the colder winter months. We are delighted to play some part in alleviating these real pressures on vulnerable people.”

Imperishable food, thermal flasks, gloves, easy-reach mobility sticks and blankets are just some of the essential items included in the packs which will go some way in helping groups such as older people, those at risk of fuel poverty, people receiving domiciliary care and people who have recently been affected by illness or unemployment.

Councillor Gerard Woodhouse said: “We want to make sure that no older person in Liverpool goes without essential supplies to keep warm and active this winter. Fuel poverty is a real issue and these packs will provide practical help in dealing with it. As Mayoral Lead for Older People I have worked with Plus Dane and Local Solutions to make sure we join up to reach as many people as possible with this very important scheme. Along with other councillors I will be pleased to give a hand in putting these packs together.”