Free help and advice about keeping warm and staying healthy during the cold months will be available at a special Winter Survival event on Wednesday 22 November.
It takes place at the Holiday Inn Hotel on Lime Street in the city centre from 10am – 1pm and brings together partners from across the Liverpool city region.
It is part of the Winter Warmth campaign aimed at reducing the 150 excess deaths which happen over the winter months, and is being coordinated by Liverpool City Council’s Healthy Homes team.
They will be providing free help and advice for local people who are struggling to pay their energy bills and heat their properties, as well as information about how to keep warm and safe during the winter months and offering home energy assessments.
Around 40 exhibitors attending the event, including charities and community groups as well as council services such as adult learning, road safety, Revenues and Benefits and Lifestyles Fitness Centres.
They will provide information and advice on a number of issues including:
• Fuel Poverty
• Energy efficiency
• Financial assistance
• Healthy living
• Keeping Active
• Social inclusion
The LECCY – the council’s not for profit energy company – will be on hand to offer advice on switching which could potentially save households hundreds of pounds a year.
There will be free tea/coffee available on arrival and a free bag of veg to take home (while stocks last).
Those attending will be entered into a free prize draw to win £100 off their gas/electricity bill, a microwave and a Christmas Hamper courtesy of Morrison’s in Speke.
There will be free health checks, manicures, flower arranging taster sessions and chair based exercise in the form of Active Bingo, with prizes on offer.
The event will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, who said: “We have a duty to make sure the most vulnerable are given the best chanced of coping in the upcoming cold weather.
“It is important that as many people as possible attend this event so they can get advice and support on staying warm and healthy so that we can keep the number of excess deaths as low as possible.”
Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People, said: “What we are trying to do with this event is prevent avoidable deaths. All the organisations taking part want to get messages out about how our older people can stay warm, safe and active during the winter months.
“There will be a lot of information, advice and support available and I hope as many people as possible come along to the event and they will be able to cope much better with the cold weather.”
More information about the Healthy Homes programme can be found at www.liverpool.gov.uk/healthyhomesprogramme or by calling freephone 0800 012 1754.