Support for older people this winter

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Age UK Cambridgeshire has been awarded funds to help support more people over 60 this winter.

The cash has come through the Department of Health as part of the Warm Homes Healthy People joint initiative.

Age UK will be carrying out assessments at the homes of older Cambridgeshire residents to determine if measures can be put in place to make homes warmer and reduce energy costs.

Their assessors may recommend certain measures such as draught excluders, radiator panels, nightlights, manual socket timers and hot water cylinder jackets to name but a few.

The service is completely free and for more information, please call 01354-696650 or 01480-700205.

Age UK will also be offering free electric blanked testing to help people stay warm safely.

The team will be at March Fire Station on January 22.

Over 70 per cent of blankets fail tests and for this reason any blanket which fails will be replaced free of charge.

To book an appointment to have a blanket tested, please call 01354-696650.

Additional funding has been received from Wilkinson’s and the Department of Health to enable the charity to continue running its online shopping service.

The service is for those who are unable to, or may have difficulty in doing their grocery shopping. Many supermarkets now offer online shopping but unless you have a computer you cannot take advantage of this convenient service.

Orders can be placed over the phone to our shopping service and we will make all the arrangements, and arrange delivery to your home. There is no commitment to shop every week.

Age UK Cambridgeshire makes no charge for this service but supermarket charges for delivery may vary.

Enquires and orders can be taken from Monday-Friday between 9am-12 noon on 01354-696650

Enquiries for all three projects can also be made by email to melanie.murdoch@ageukcambridgeshire.org.uk