Stay warm and well in West Norfolk this winter

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People in West Norfolk are being urged to look out for vulnerable and older residents in their community as the county council’s public health ldepartment aunches this year’s Warm and Well campaign today.

Warm and Well is a local project to keep residents in Norfolk healthy this winter.

It is targeted at the most vulnerable groups such as older people, pregnant women, the homeless, and people with chronic medical or mental health conditions.

This year Norfolk County Council is also working jointly with Community Action Norfolk, which has received a £378,000 grant from the British Gas Energy Trust to support a number of solutions aimed at reducing fuel poverty and helping vulnerable people particularly in areas where there is no gas available.

Solutions will range from helping district councils to support individuals needing extra assistance, identifying new technologies to tackle fuel poverty, providing training to frontline staff and consumers and finding new ways to help those most in need.

To support communities to pull together this winter, the County Council is also re-launching the Warm and Well Fund, initially with £5,000 with match-funding to come from Norfolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Appeal, bringing the total to £10,000.

Ten grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects that help those in the community who find winter the biggest challenge, including frail older people, people with chronic medical conditions and the homeless.

Paul Smyth, chairman of the council’s communities committee, said: “We would encourage everyone to check on older or vulnerable neighbours, friends, or relatives to make sure they are okay, that they’re warm enough, 
especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during extreme weather conditions.

“Showing such practical concern over the winter months can make a huge, even life-saving difference.”

To apply for a grant visit www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/warm-well-fund/