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Mayor of Southampton helps spread some winter warmth
15/02/2012

Stop the Cold is a cool initiative that helps Southampton residents keep warm during the winter by offering help and advice to older and vulnerable people.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Terry Matthews, and Mayoress Lesley Matthews, dropped into the Main Library on Friday 10 February to meet the Stop the Cold team who had a stand just inside the library doors. Cllr Matthews helped the team to distribute winter warmth packs, containing thermal clothing, tea, biscuits and warming food, along with advice on insulation grants and the help available during extreme weather.

Councillor Peter Baillie, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“The council is working with a number of organisations in Southampton to provide good practical help and advice to residents. We are doing this because we recognise that many people end up getting ill in the winter because their home is cold. I would therefore encourage any resident that is living in a cold home to contact the team on 0800 804 8601 or visit our website for help.”

The Stop team is able to:
• offer essential advice and information on keeping warm and well
• assess your eligibility and refer you for home energy efficiency grants and other types of financial help
• give you a free Winter Warmth Pack helping you keep warm during the cold snaps*
• visit you in your home to help you find out simple ways of keeping the temperature up and your heating bills down*
• arrange for a Handyperson to make essential repairs and improvements to your home*
• help you if there’s an emergency – from clearing snow to lending you a portable heater*

*Conditions apply

The initiative is funded by the Department of Health and runs through to the end of March.

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Editors notes:

Website visit: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-leisure/libraries/warm.aspx

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