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We’re here to help you, vows council

Solihull Editorial 26th Nov, 2022   0

“DON’T go it alone, we are here to help.” That’s the message from Solihull Council’s deputy leader for those in need this winter.

Councillor Karen Grinsell said whether people need advice and assistance with rising energy costs, additional support with food, finance, health and wellbeing or a warm place to meet others over a cuppa, the council can help.

The authority has teamed up with a number of national and local organisations including Age UK, the Colebridge Trust, the Carers Trust and the Council’s own annual Winter Warmth Helpline, to make sure Solihull residents get extra help this winter.

Coun Grinsell added: “Working together, we’ve pulled together lots of information, advice and support covering a huge range of topics which people can access via the council’s online Here2Help pages.

“In addition, as part of the council’s Winter Warmth campaign, thousands of residents will receive a new booklet, packed with information and advice to help keep warm, healthy and safe, plus details of financial help and assistance.

“The booklet is being posted to residents over 75 years old and is also available for anyone to pick up at Solihull libraries and some GP surgeries.

“My message is – don’t go it alone, we are here to help.”

The Winter Warmth Helpline and emergency help – supported by Solihull Council and provided by Age UK Solihull – provides support and advice for older people, those living with disabilities or long-term health conditions, carers and families with young children.

It includes information and advice, plus help with emergency heaters if heating breaks down, finding a tradesperson for emergency repairs and providing electric blankets to vulnerable residents.

For more contact the Winter Warmth Helpline on 0121 704 8080 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Act on Energy is working with Solihull Council to provide help to any household with fuel bills, prepayment meters and debt.

For more call the free Act on Energy advice line on 0800 988 2881 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email [email protected].

Other initiatives include the provision of Warm Spaces.

These are for all members of the community and offer places to go to enjoy the company of others and take part in a range of activities.

These are being run at all Solihull libraries plus village centres and places of worship.

To find a Warm Space, call Solihull Connect on 0121 704 8001 or visit www.solihull.gov.uk/here2help/communitysupport

To download a copy of Here2Help this Winter 2022 booklet visit the Solihull Council website.



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