Hitting the Cold Spots in Hampshire
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Hampshire County Council is once again helping older and vulnerable people to stay warm this winter by building on last year's successful 'Hitting the Cold Spots' campaign.
Cold weather not only makes life uncomfortable but can also lead to serious health problems such as strokes, pneumonia, depression and heart attacks. Hampshire County Council has been developing new and innovative ways to help people keep warm and reduce bills.
Free advice line
The easy way to find out more information is to call the dedicated free Advice Line 0800 804 8601 where one of the Hampshire-based, friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help.
We are offering
- free Home Safety visits offering advice, support and free carbon monoxide detectors
- support to switch to cheaper energy tariffs
- grant support to cope with winter fuel emergencies
- debt advice tailored to individual circumstances
- assessment for mains gas connection
Information packs and free Home Safety visits
There are also 10,000 information packs - available via local voluntary community organisations - which include a room thermometer, cosy snood, carbon monoxide detector and useful information.
Executive Member for Hampshire County Council's Adult Social Care, Councillor Felicity Hindson said:
"Making sure that older people and families stay warm during the cold winter months is a top priority and we know it can be a struggle and a worry when the weather turns harsh. This is why we have been working with a wide range of partners from both the voluntary and private sectors to offer practical and financial support. Our dedicated free advice line is an easy way to find out more and to arrange a free Home Safety visit."
The campaign is funded by a grant that was the result of a successful bid to the Department of Health's 'Warm Homes, Healthy People Fund'.
Although it is still too early to predict how cold the coming winter will be, Hampshire residents can now begin to prepare by phoning our dedicated free Advice Line on 0800 804 8601.