Vulnerable entitled to free winter packs

Simon Robb holding cold pack goodies SUS-150302-173833001
Simon Robb holding cold pack goodies SUS-150302-173833001

FREE packs with winter essentials including hats and blankets are being handed out at the Herald to help vulnerable people stay warm this chilly season.

Shoreham, Steyning and Lancing residents who are vulnerable in the colder months will be able to benefit from the county council’s giveaway as part of Cold Homes Week.

West Sussex County Council cabinet member for Wellbeing, Christine Field, said: “We are pleased to be teaming up with the Lancing, Shoreham and Steyning Herald to give out free packs. Please pop along to their offices in Worthing if you or someone you know needs an extra bit of help to stay warm.”

The packs include hats, blankets, insulated mugs to keep drinks hot, socks and hand warmers as well as practical advice and information about staying warm, switching energy providers and being energy efficient.

Cold weather is forecast to continue to affect West Sussex over the next few days. Cold weather can increase the health risks to vulnerable people, such as older people, by increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, influenza and other diseases.

A total of 1,000 packs are available on a first come, first served basis.

The county council’s prevention assessment teams and social workers are also handing out packs during the week.

Weather Wellbeing: Winter Warmth is a joint project from county council’s Public Health Team, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and the Sustainable Energy Partnership.

Tips from the council to stay warm include hot food and drinks, wear lots of thin layers, heating your home to at least 18°C, and heating the living room during the day and the bedroom just before bed.

Cold Homes Week officially runs from February 2 to 6, but free packs will remain available while stocks last at the Worthing Herald office.

To collect yours, on behalf of someone else, come to Cannon House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, BN11 1NA, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

For more information call the Prevention Assessment Teams on 01243 642370, 01273 268900 or 01403 229510.

For further advice and support contact Age UK on 0800 0191310.