Help older and vulnerable people in Norfolk stay warm and safe this winter
Simply keeping warm in the colder weather can be a challenge for many vulnerable and elderly people due to poverty and inadequate housing which inevitably leads to health issues. ‘Heat Vs Eat’ is a particular reality for many elderly people. The Surviving Winter Appeal in Norfolk is led by the Norfolk Community Foundation with its delivery partner, Age UK Norfolk to support the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months.
Launched with the idea that those who don’t need their fuel allowance might donate all or part of it to the appeal, the campaign has grown significantly and the wider general public have been inspired to contribute. The money raised is used to support those who need help with their energy bills and heating improvements.
“A high proportion of individuals seek help to combine a grant from the fund with their Winter Fuel payment to meet the cost of heating oil, gas and electricity. We also receive requests for support for new heaters and warm clothing so the money raised through the appeal is essential in helping to keep some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable people safe over the cold months.” – Age UK Norfolk.
As a result of the appeal, Age UK Norfolk also provide signposting to other organisations for long term help with budgeting, debt advice or checking all benefits are being received.
The 2015-16 appeal will include support to essential services delivered by local community groups working with the vulnerable and isolated people of all ages through small grants to the likes of Meals on Wheels, lunch clubs and community transport projects.
For ideas on how people can stay safe and warm this winter and how you can help people in your community visit the Age UK website here
To apply for a Surviving Winter grant, please contact Age UK Norfolk on 0300 500 1217.