The snow offers me a great time to remind residents and promote my department’s Keep Warm and Healthy campaign.
The Council and NHS Brent are working with the fuel poverty charity Energy Solutions to help vulnerable residents keep warm again this winter with the Winter Weather Watch initiative.
The programme aims to lower the number of preventable deaths in the borough in the event of a sudden cold snap by providing support and expertise to those who need it most.
If they are concerned about someone, they will be able to refer them for help and advice. This will involve a home visitor from Energy Solutions carrying out a free audit of their home.
The home visiting team will make sure that elderly and vulnerable residents are able to use their central heating system properly and give them general advice about how to save energy and pay bills.
If needed, they will be able to lend temporary heaters, supply a ‘comfort pack’ of emergency essentials and arrange insulation of lofts and cavity walls. In certain circumstances funds may be made available to fix faulty heating systems or parts.
The campaign will continue to run until the end of March and the team expects to make over 200 visits throughout the borough.
Residents in Brent are also being urged to play their part and keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, single parent families or those who are housebound.
I’m very pleased that we’ve successfully managed to deliver this service that highlights the dangers cold weather can pose to elderly and vulnerable residents and also offers practical help and support to those that need it most.
Everyone can do their bit to help people at risk in their communities this winter by keeping an eye on elderly and vulnerable residents over the coming months.
If you are worried about someone’s heating or ability to keep their home warm this winter call Energy Solutions, who are the local provider on 0800 169 56 93.