Winter support

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With weather experts predicting that temperatures will plunge next week, vulnerable people are being reminded that extra support is available to help them stay warm and well in their own home.

A consortium of organisations from across Cambridgeshire led by the County Council recently won more than £250,000 from the Government’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund.

The money is being used to commission additional services which will enhance what was already provided by agencies across Cambridgeshire – the extra help includes advice services, healthy living initiatives, household and heating repairs and improvements and community support initiatives such as shopping services.

Referrals for the support can be made by any of the agencies working with vulnerable people including GPs, health providers, housing associations, local authorities, charities and advice providers, neighbours, carers or individuals. Work is targeted at individuals and families which are most at risk when cold weather hits.

County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Steve Tierney, said: “For the second year running agencies across Cambridgeshire have come together to successfully bid for this extra government funding. I would like to remind vulnerable people that additional help is now available to keep them safe, warm and well this winter and urge them to make contact to see what extra support or services could be provided to them.”

For more information or to apply for support, people should contact: (01223) 714452 or email warmhomes@care-network.org.uk