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Chance for people in Felixstowe to get some warming advice

4 January 2013

Help will be on hand from Suffolk Coastal for anyone eligible for help from the countywide warm homes, healthy people scheme at next week's Health and Wellbeing event in Felixstowe.

On Tuesday (January 8) from 10am to 3pm at the Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road, a host of local organisations will be at the County Council organised event offering advice and information to any local residents that pop in.

"Suffolk Coastal lead the successful bid, working with partners across Suffolk, for over £300,000 of Government funding to allow us to support those most in need of additional help to either stay warm or afford their home energy bills through the winter months," said Cllr T-J Haworth, Cabinet Member for Housing.

"Suffolk's warm homes, healthy people scheme can help people living in their own home, or one rented from a private landlord and is aimed at the over 60s, households with a person with disabilities, families on a low income, families with children and young people with learning disabilities.

"Tuesday's event gives people the chance to come along and find out if they or someone they know are eligible for some of the free help on offer such as emergency boiler repairs, or insulation and other energy-efficiency measures including draught proofing, or even assistance with paying fuel bills or the loan of a heater," added Cllr Haworth.

For those who cannot get to Felixstowe on Tuesday, there is also a special Winter Wellbeing helpline 03456 037686 to deal with enquiries. Anyone who has a vulnerable relative or neighbour is urged to help them find out more about what support and assistance might be available to them by calling the helpline.

At the Felixstowe event, which is just the latest of a series of roadshows, there will also be advice and support on a range of issues including interest-free loans for oil heating top-ups, electric blanket checks, money management advice, meals-on-wheels and supply of home safety and energy products.