As colder weather begins, St Helens Borough Council is once again launching its annual Winter Warmer campaign ahead of national Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (Friday 27 November) to help local people stay warm and well, and heat their homes for less.
Wanting to ensure that residents more at risk of winter illness and those who might be eligible for help with their heating and energy bills receive the support they need, the council is posting out 8,000 special Winter Warmer calendars directly to them.
A further 2,000 calendars will be offered to local partners to distribute to their vulnerable clients.
The calendars contain lots of useful information and advice to make homes warmer, cheaper to heat and to help residents stay safe warm and well throughout the winter.
Many people are spending additional time at home and may need support with how to stay warm and safe; while those who are ill or self-isolating may also have concerns about practical challenges in paying for their energy, particularly if they have a pre-payment meter.
Support is currently available from St Helens Borough Council to make homes more energy efficient through heating and insulation improvements, qualifying criteria apply.
Because of the national lockdown, the council is unable to organise the usual town hall event, where in previous years hundreds of residents have gathered to get their Winter Warmer packs and expert advice from a range of health partners and energy-savvy organisations.
Councillor Jeanie Bell, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “While we sadly aren’t able to run our normal activities this year – and this is unfortunate, since our Winter Warmer event at the town hall is always very well attended – we still wanted to get the same important information out to some of the more vulnerable residents in our community, who may be more at risk from winter illnesses, and who may be eligible for help with heating their homes.
“The calendars are a great way to do this. We’ve designed and produced our own calendar as in previous years, featuring some fantastic photography of local landmarks for residents to enjoy, as well as all the information and signposts to support that residents need to stay safe, warm and well this winter.”
Should you need any help and advice regarding staying safe, warm and well please contact the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151.