Warmer Homes Healthy People
The cold weather can have a serious impact on health and make people more vulnerable to pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes and depression. Keeping warm and healthy during cold weather can help keep illnesses away.
The Warm Homes Healthy People scheme, delivered by Stockton Borough Council, provides help and support to Stockton Borough residents whose health conditions make them more vulnerable during the winter months.
You, or someone you know, may be able to benefit from the scheme.
Do any of the following apply to you?
- Over 75
- In receipt of disability benefits
- Have a long term illness made worse by the cold
- Live with a child (under 5) who has a long term illness made worse by the cold
You may be able to get help with the following:
- Emergency heating
- Energy debt advice and welfare benefits advice
- A home handy-person scheme which can undertake minor repairs and maintenance around the home.
- Wider advice and support to help residents remain healthy and better able to cope with the cold weather
- Access to a buddying/ befriending service where a volunteer can keep in touch with you during the cold weather to give you any support you need.
If you are in receipt of qualifying benefits you may also qualify for:
- Boiler service and repairs
The scheme has been running between October and March for the last 6 years and has delivered:-
- Winter warmth assessments and slips/trips/falls assessments in over 1,800 homes
- Over 1,100 clients have received welfare benefits advice which has identified over £750,000 of previously unclaimed benefit entitlement for clients
- Over 370 homes have benefited from a boiler service, repair or replacement.
To find out more about the scheme visit Stockton Borough Council's website or click here for more information.
You can download a leaflet about this service by clicking here.
For more general information about how to keep warm and well during the winter click here.