We believe everyone should feel Warmth this Winter; whether it’s through the clothes they wear, the warmth of feeling cared for and through the wonderful feeling of gifting.
As we start to move into winter, and the weather gets colder, we know you will continue to be valuable sources of warmth and support to your communities. We’ve been appealing for winter product donations over the last few months, so keep your eyes peeled on our catalogue for the wide range of personal care items, warm clothes and gifting available.
In addition, we’ve rounded up these cold-weather related information and resources for you:
Help for Households
The Government’s Help for Households page summarises the different types of government support available – including household expenses, transport, energy, employment and childcare. Bringing it together in one place like this should make it easier for your end-users to check what cost-of-living support they are eligible for this winter.
This guide from Ofgem is helpful for researching the grants and schemes that can save energy and reduce bills.
Warm welcome spaces
Register with the Warm Welcome Campaign if you are offering free, warm, welcoming spaces for the public over this winter or look at what else is available in your area to support people who are unable to heat their homes.
NHS Cold Weather Plans
England has a Cold Weather Plan for 2022/23 that provides advice and actions that charitable organisations can take in planning for and responding to the cold weather. It describes what can be done at each of the Met Office’s Cold Weather Alert levels. You can see the recommendations specific to the voluntary and community sector here, or read the full plan to see what other bodies (like the NHS and Local Authorities) will be doing too.
NHS Scotland released their plan earlier this month on how they will support the health and social sector throughout the winter period.
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