A message from Breckland Older Peoples forum.
As winter sets in and freezing winds, frost and snow come to the county, Breckland residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills and keep their homes warm are being encouraged to check whether they may be eligible to receive help through Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership.
Breckland Council, alongside councils across Norfolk, are aiming to help more than 1,000 people across the County with funding towards the cost of putting in place better insulation and the installation of mains gas. It comes following the success of £3.1m funding bid to National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund, which was led by Broadland District Council on behalf of Norfolk’s districts. The improvements aim to help both renters and homeowners to efficiently heat their cold homes, which can have a significant impact on people’s lives.
Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth at Breckland Council, said: “The aim is to help eligible people to access energy advice and support and to help those who do not have any central heating to put this in place at a reduced cost, which is important to their comfort, health and wellbeing. This is a fantastic initiative and we want to use this funding to help as many local people as possible, so I hope Breckland residents will explore how the Warm Homes Fund may be able to help them.”
The Warm Homes Fund is aimed at people whose homes do not already have central heating installs, as well as those with underlying health issues and carers of vulnerable people. To find out if you or someone you know may be eligible for support under the scheme, contact Breckland Council on 01362 656 870 or visit www.breckland.gov.uk/whf
The NHS have produced some really good and helpful guidance through their awareness campaign (Love Great Skin) which is around preventing pressure ulcers. Whilst the NHS focus is aimed at care homes and nursing homes, there is some really useful guidance and tools that could be used by any Social Care provider, including homecare. You can find out more about this by clicking on the following link: Stop the Pressure Love Great Skin.
Related to this information, you may also find using the SSKIN approach to manage and prevent pressure damage of use. SSKIN is a five step approach to preventing and treating pressure ulcers. You can find more information by clicking on the following link: SSKIN
Dementia Friendly Norfolk has produced a new guide for 2019. The new guide has been updated and you can access it by clicking on the link shown below:
Free training is offered to any front line workers and volunteers working with people that may be struggling to heat their home adequately.
Simple advice such as understanding energy bills and different tariffs, reading the meter, and how to switch supplier – can make a big difference!
Find out more about changes to the energy markets, what financial support is available, an introduction to smart meters, and where to sign post people needing extra help.
You may also discover how to save yourself money on your own energy bills too!
Find out more about grants including first time central heating and support available through the Norfolk Warm Homes fund.
There will also be opportunity to meet other frontline workers. Previous participants have including advice volunteers, social housing officers, health visitors and support workers.
Participants will receive training materials and information leaflets and booklets.
Tea/coffee and cake will be provided!
Spaces are limited, so please book early.
Monday 4 February 2019
2pm– 3:15 pm, at Citizens Advice Thetford, Abbey Community Centre, Exeter Way, Thetford. IP24 1EE.
To book a place or find out more please contact Caroline Mackinson,
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme used by Norfolk Police and other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the Herbert_Protocol can be easily sent or handed to the Police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.
Alternatively there is support available online including:
Christmas can be stressful for people with dementia, and for their family members. The extra hubbub and changes in routine can make people feel unsettled. Also, when visiting a person with dementia, family members might notice the changes that have taken place if they haven’t seen them for some time.
There are some simple and practical things you can do to help make Christmas a peaceful and inclusive time for everybody. DementiaUK have some great advice which you can find by clicking on this link: https://www.dementiauk.org/helping-a-relative-with-dementia-have-a-peaceful-christmas/