New project calls for people in Craven to complete a checklist to help them stay warm and well together
Craven residents are being urged to make sure they stay warm, well and in good company this winter – by signing up to a new project.
First4Contact, a service of the Carers’ Resource, has launched Innovation in Craven, Warm and Well Together to support vulnerable people and to help reduce the ‘health and wealth’ risks associated with winter weather, as well as combat isolation.
The scheme invites residents who may be at risk of illness, fuel debt or social isolation to refer themselves for extra support.
People are asked to complete a brief checklist – online or a hardcopy if they don’t have access to the internet – and to tick the areas in which they are interested, or would like more information.
The categories range from advice on reducing energy bills and using energy more efficiently, to requesting information on a range of services, including self-development, health needs, advocacy, and activities for themselves, or someone they look after with dementia.
Sessions to introduce people to using the internet, reminiscence workshops and creative activities for people with memory loss and dementia are also on offer.
Once the form has been submitted, the relevant partners will contact residents direct about their relevant needs or requests for support.
Anna Jackson, Head of Development and Innovation at the Carers’ Resource, said: “There is a whole host of services out there ready to support people in Craven and we can help put them in touch with the right organisations to make sure people don’t have to suffer this winter.
“Craven has a comparatively high percentage of winter deaths linked to health conditions which can be exacerbated by cold temperatures, inability to heat their homes due to costs, and poor standards of home maintenance.
“The checklist forms are extremely easy to fill in and just a few minutes spent on completing one could make such a difference to someone’s life over the coming months.”
The checklist can be found at www.first4contact.org/f4c-craven-innovation-fund/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For hard copies of the form please contact Elaine Owen, Project Officer, at the Carers’ Resource on (01756) 700888.
Partners are Age UK North Craven, NEA (National Energy Action), Craven Home Improvement Agency (Yorkshire Housing), Horton Housing, Pioneer projects, Rural Arts and Rural Action Yorkshire.
This project is part of the Innovation Fund and has been jointly funded by North Yorkshire County Council and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group.