The Winter Warmth Campaign provides support and assistance to Solihull residents who are vulnerable and most at risk during cold spells. It is run every year and includes support and assistance for a range of services. This includes providing emergency equipment when a heating system has broken-down, to offering those in need items such asheaters and electric blankets.
The campaign is commissioned by Solihull Public Health and is led and co-ordinated by Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull. It is also supported by a wide range of local organisations.
Robin Dunlevy, on behalf of The Solihull Partnership Winter Warmth Campaign, said:
“I’m really proud of the team and especially proud of this campaign, as it makes a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
“I must admit, I didn’t realise the significance of the Collaborative Working Award when we received it. I knew it was a great thing to be recognised for, but I didn’t realise it was such a big thing. When we looked at all the other well-respected organisations we were up against, we realised what an achievement it was for us.
“It's always good to have your hard work recognised. Especially as the people involved in the campaign go above and beyond what's in their job descriptions. They really do care about what happens to people, and we can honestly say that we get a true sense of job satisfaction.
“It’s amazing to think of all the people we’ve helped with the Winter Warmth Campaign. It really has gone from strength to strength, given it was originally developed in the space of just three weeks in 2008. The comments we’ve had from people are really touching. For many of them we’re a real lifeline, they’re always grateful for our help, but for us it really is all part of the service.
“During one year, the Winter Warmth Campaign partners helped local people by distributing over 10,000 temperature cards, talked to over 600 people in need, and provided 376 electric blankets amongst other items.
“This year the campaign is being promoted to healthcare professionals working in hospitals, particularly those departments where older vulnerable patients are leaving after a hospital stay. Working in this way helps to minimise the risks of vulnerable people being discharged into homes that are not heated.
“There are some big jobs that are needed, say, if a boiler breaks down and needs emergency fitters. But it’s also the little things that make such a big difference, people always appreciate it when you just sit down with them for 10 minutes or so, and show them how to run their home in a more heat effective way which will also help them to save money.”