The new partnership aims to assist those who might struggle to keep warm, buy food, fuel or essentials or keep well. From November – February, there will be two events each month for residents to drop in and see us for advice and information. This could include health advice, financial support and much more over a hot drink or some soup
The Partnership aims provide the best support to help you personally, or direct you to the services that may be able to assist. We also have free “winter warmth” packs to take away with you.
The first two of these drop-ins are due to be held on Friday 4 November between 12.30 and 3.30pm at the Plantation Hall, Heybridge Basin and Wednesday 30 November at the Memorial Hall, Southminster between 11am and 3.00pm. Details of all the venues are as follows:
Anyone with mobility issues or unable to get to the venue can call or leave a message on (01621) 854477 and someone from the partnership will assist.
The partnership is also seeking donations to help with the free rucksacks/bags. Items from the attached list (which must be in a new and unused condition) can be donated by bringing them along to the Maldon District Council Offices before the end of October.
- Biros & Colouring pencils/colouring pads
- Soap, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
- Mac in a Pack
- Roll on deodorant (men and women)
- Woolly hats and scarves all sizes
- Fleeces & Base layers all sizes
- Gloves & Socks all sizes
- Packet Soups & Packet drinks
- Tissues & Hand sanitiser
- Porridge in small sachets
- Long Life Milk (powdered variety)
- Hot Water Bottles normal and microwavable
- Fleece or Cellular Blankets
- Travel sweets in a tin
- Magnifying glass
- Energy bars (nut free only)
Keeping your home warm this winter is also key to making sure you stay well. Your home should be heated your home to at least 18°C (65°F). Many people worry about the cost of heating but the success of the Essex Energy Switch, people can be confident that when they turn up the heating, they are still getting value for money.
The collective energy switching initiative is for people who want to cut their energy bills. It’s a free, easy and secure way to cut energy bills without wasting time comparing prices on comparison sites and last year residents saved approximately £263 per household.
For more information on the energy switch visit: essex.gov.uk/energyswitch.
You may also be eligible for support towards your fuel payments, visit: gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment/overview for more information.
For more information on how to stay well this winter, visit: livingwellessex.org/health-and-well-being/taking-care-of-yourself/stay-well-this-winter/.
For NHS advice on how to keep healthy this winter visit: nhs.uk/LiveWell/Winterhealth/Pages/Winterhealthhome.aspx.
The Winter Warmth Partnership is funded by Essex County Council and includes the following organisations:-
Essex County Council, Maldon and District CVS, Maldon District Council, Maldon Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Agents, Chess, Moat Housing, Maldon Community Safety Partnership, Essex Fire Service, HomeStart, Provide, One Support
For more information please contact Chris Rust at Maldon District Council on (01621) 854477 or go to http://www.nhs.uk/staywell