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Vulnerable older people living in Salford have received extra help this winter thanks to funding from Salford City Council and NHS Salford.
The £169,000 investment has been used to support the work that Age Concern Salford and Helping Hands provide across the city, working together to ensure that older people stay safer, warmer and healthier over the winter months.
The service helps residents aged 65 and over who require extra support to help them through any difficulties caused by cold weather.
Services include food shopping; providing warm clothes, blankets and heaters; grit and rock salt delivery and spreading; draft-proofing; home safety and boiler checks and advice on contacting friends, relatives and carers.
Age Concern Salford and Helping Hands staff and volunteers are located throughout the city and are able to respond quickly if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Councillor Warmisham, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health at Salford City Council said: “The recent cold snap reminds us that keeping warm and healthy throughout the winter months is really important for people of all ages, but especially so for the most vulnerable in our communities. The services provided by Age Concern Salford and Helping Hands are making a real difference to older people living in Salford by ensuring their homes are kept warm and preventing more serious health problems.”
Joan Fielder, Chief Executive Officer of Helping Hands said: “Both Age Concern Salford and Helping Hands have lots of experience working across Salford and now we have joined together in this great project to help vulnerable older people in our city this winter.”
To promote the services Age Concern Salford and Helping Hands will be out and about across the city to ensure residents are aware of what help is available.
If you want to find out if Age Concern Salford and Helping Hands can help you call them on 0161 793 9419 – staff will be on hand to help.
More tips on how to stay warm and well are available.