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Help at Hand to Ensure Seniors Stay Warm

Published Friday, 05 December 2014

Help and advice is at hand to ensure elderly residents in Ribble Valley stay warm this winter.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has joined forces with the Little Green Bus, Age UK Lancashire and Help Direct to help senior citizens stay snug over the coming months.

Residents concerned about staying warm are asked to make the council their first port of call.

As well as advice and information, the council can assist with boiler repairs and replacement, loft and cavity wall insulation, energy grants, electric heaters and blankets.

Age UK Lancashire can provide a welfare benefit check and Winter Wrapped booklet, which is full of useful tips for staying warm.

They also have a variety of groups and activities in Ribble Valley for residents aged 50 or over to help them remain physically active and combat loneliness.

Help Direct is a telephone, e-mail and drop-in information service giving residents the support they need to prevent a problem becoming a crisis.

The Little Green Bus offers Ribble Valley residents unable to access public transport a door-to-door transport service to places such as the supermarket or GP surgery, as well as weekly day trips, for example to Deepdale Retail Park, Southport, Bury Market, Fleetwood and Boundary Mill.  

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s partnership officer, Dylis Day, said: “Winter can be a tough time for the elderly. Many struggle to keep their home warm enough to combat the cold weather and pay heating bills.

“We are working with our partners to ensure the borough’s elderly residents receive the help and support they need to stay warm and combat loneliness and isolation during the cold, dark months.”

Further details are available on staying warm and healthy in winter or by calling 01200 425111.

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