This year, Swan will be piloting its Winter campaign in Tower Hamlets. The Winter campaign is an initiative aimed at Swan residents aged 75 years and over who live on their own in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The campaign aims to ensure that residents know how to keep their homes safe and warm, whilst saving money and showing the different things that can be done to remain in good physical and mental health. Specially trained Swan staff will visit individuals who qualify in November to identify any ways these residents can benefit from further help and support regarding winter warmth. Once there, our staff member will ask residents a series of questions to assess their needs relating to four key areas:
1 – Safe Home
2 – Warm Home
3 – Affordable Home
4 – Wellbeing (physical and mental health)
Where the Swan staff member identifies that there may be opportunities for help, a referral will be made to our Resident Involvement and Community Development Team (RICD). The RICD team will then identify the agencies that can provide the most help and support to the resident and will ensure the appropriate referrals are made.
For residents living in Tower Hamlets over the age of 75, please keep an eye out for your letter and remember that this is an ‘opt out’ scheme. So if you feel that you don’t require a visit please contact the RICD Team on 01277 844242. All residents who would like winter warmth guidance can call the RICD Team for more information.
Swan Care and Repair have begun distributing Winter Warmer packs to older, vulnerable clients in North Essex. (Colchester and Tendring Local Authorities).
The Home Improvement Agency was selected to receive £5,100 in December from ACT (Anglian Community Trust) to provide the packs to clients who may be struggling to keep warm in the winter. The Care and Repair team put the remaining packs together last week and have been working with Vivo Carers and outside agencies to identify clients in need.
The packs are available for those that have a health or environmental need. For example; they may have an issue with their heating not working so are struggling to keep warm, or an inability to pay a larger than normal fuel bill due to the cold weather. Or they could be suffering from arthritis or other disability that means they have to make sure they stay warm. A case worker is available to visit to see if they are entitled to any additional income that they may not be claiming.
If you know of anyone in North Essex that may benefit from a pack please call the Care and Repair team on 01277 844235.
This time of year is when our energy bills soar. The nights are drawing in so you want more light, the weather is chilly so we need to switch the heating on, and a salad is not as appetising when its only 12 degrees outside and raining ‘again’ But there are still ways to save a few pennies, even at this this of year