Keeping Warm this Winter - help and advice for Sidmouth residents.

PUBLISHED: 12:11 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:17 17 June 2010

ELDERLY Sidmouth residents are being encouraged to ask for help if they are finding it difficult to keep their homes warm this Winter Devon County Council s Supporting People team is working with Age Concern Devon and Exeter) and the South Western Ambul

ELDERLY Sidmouth residents are being encouraged to ask for help if they are finding it difficult to keep their homes warm this Winter

Devon County Council's 'Supporting People' team is working with Age Concern Devon and Exeter) and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) to identify and target help to those most in need

The aim of the project is to give advice and information on the wide range of services available in Devon to help alleviate fuel poverty and prevent deterioration in the health of the most vulnerable people in Devon including those with a physical disability

Age Concern and SWAST will identify 'hard to reach' groups who are in need of practical assistance and then give them the support they need to access services, including maximising benefits or finding that 'little bit of help' which can provide small energy efficiency measures or giving simple advice on staying warm.

The project will help older people with their own homes or in rented accommodation.

Devon County Council's Older People's champion Councillor Eileen Wragg said:

"It's a worrying time for our older residents in the county, particularly at a time when there is a lot of talk about rising energy prices. Not everyone realises the benefits to which they are entitled. Our partners in this project will be making sure those in need will get their financial entitlements and find information on fuel efficiency initiatives. I would urge anyone who is finding that they are in difficulty with their heating bills to contact one of the organisations for help.


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