Age UK Haringey spreads a little warmth to local older people this winter


A local ‘Warm and Well’ during the winter campaign is underway with Age UK combining to host ‘pop-up’ benefits check surgeries targeting older patients attending Hornsey Neighbourhood; The Laurels; Bounds Green and Lordship Lane health centres.

Age UK Haringey are able to provide extra support to help make winter warmer for older people in the borough after benefiting from a share of the £1 million Warm Homes, Healthy People national government grant awarded to Age UK.

Winter can be a difficult time and this year as many as 25,000 older people could die needlessly because of the cold. That’s around 200 preventable deaths a day. The Warm Homes, Healthy People fund aims to help older people stay safe and well during the cold winter months.

Thanks to the funding, older people were able to attend a busy and informative Warm and Well day co-hosted last Thursday with Wood Green Salvation Army. “The timing on a sunny day just before the snow was perfect,” said Imelda Mullins, Age UK Haringey’s Deputy CEO, “our interactive event was attended by over 100 people and many warm and well coping strategies exchanged.”

Age UK Haringey are now busy taking referrals for and delivering a free winter enablement offer and (while stocks last) winter home efficiency handyperson interventions. They emphasise that it is really important to convey the message that they are able to put more money in older people’s pockets by working with them to find out if they are eligible for winter grants and by having a free benefits check with Age UK Haringey.

The fund will also ensure that people can benefit from a free Home Energy Check through Age UK Haringey’s Handyperson service, which carries out small repairs and maintenance in the homes of older residents. The check will assess the efficiency of a person’s home, give top tips on how to save energy and where appropriate install simple and practical energy efficiency measures such as draught proofing in a bid to reduce energy bills.

Public Health Minister, Anna Soubry, said:  “I want to make the UK one of the best places to live in Europe for older people. This is especially important in the winter, when older and vulnerable people are more likely to suffer from health problems.

“Our funding for Age UK will help them support more older people in their own homes by providing extra hands-on help this winter.”

Imelda Mullins, Deputy CEO at  Age UK Haringey, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding through Warm Homes, Healthy People which will enable us to help more local older people this winter. Keeping warm can prevent needless suffering and ill-health in winter, so the importance of the extra hands-on help we are able to offer cannot be under-estimated. If you or an older person you know would like to find out how we can help, just get in touch.”

Age UK and its local and national partners are working to keep older people warm and well, providing social activities and contact for older people as well as tips on combating the cold at home and outdoors.

Older people and their families can call Age UK Advice for free on 0800 169 65 65, where they can also order a free copy of ‘Winter wrapped up’ with a free thermometer.  Alternatively they can visit www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk to download the guide, get more information about the Spread the Warmth campaign.  To find out about the local Warm and Well activities or to make a donation simply call 020 8801 2444 or visit www.ageukharingey.org.uk

For more information about free benefits checks and Home Energy Checks, please contact Age UK Haringey on 020 8801 2444.