Bolton Council is sending out a big warm hug to vulnerable people in Bolton.
Thanks to a £165,000 government grant, hundreds of people will benefit from bespoke energy advice, boiler grants and a survival kit of goodies to keep warm.
The boxes will contain essential items such as an electric blanket, a cosy hat and food which can easily be heated up to save a trip to the shops in cold weather.
Employees from the council, NHS Bolton, British Red Cross, and Bolton CVS will start the delivery of 1000 winter boxes to residents towards the end of January.
Home owners in Bolton, who have an old, broken or inefficient heating system, who are in receipt of means tested benefits, or a health referral, could also be eligible for up to £1,500 to put towards the cost of upgrading to a high efficiency boiler (subject to availability and a survey).
Residents can find out if they qualify for a ‘Better Behaving Boiler Grant’ by contacting Bolton Care and Repair on 01204 335679.
Bolton CVS and British Red Cross will also be giving first aid training and tips on how to keep warm over winter to vulnerable groups in Bolton, and personal energy advice will be delivered to residents by energy advisers from Bolton Wise.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, said: “With the cold weather in mind and the rise of energy bills, these are much needed projects that will provide practical help for vulnerable and older people in the borough.
“The boxes will help to keep people warm and swapping an old inefficient gas guzzling boiler for a high efficiency condensing boiler could reduce heating costs by around 32 per cent.”
For more information on the schemes please contact the council on 01204 335142.