We’re launching our annual appeal during this winter like no other to help support vulnerable older people. You can spread some warmth by donating your winter fuel payment, or other contribution, to the Surviving Winter appeal.
As well as shorter, darker days , winter brings cold and damp weather bringing physical health risks and isolation for too many elderly people.
With help from people like you we can really make a difference to the lives of elderly people who have to make the terrible choice between putting the heating on or having a decent meal, as well as helping combat loneliness.
Getting older people the help they need
Mrs J’s only weekly outing was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. However the group are now keeping in touch by phone.
Every contribution, however big or small, matters. Since 2011 your efforts have helped thousands of local elderly and vulnerable people in need get through these cold, lonely winter months. We work with local organisations whose front-line staff can reach elderly people in need.
Since 2011 85 different grants totalling £197,000 have gone to local organisations. Together, they all add up to a lot of change for the better for local elderly people.
Where your money goes
Donations are helping older and vulnerable people in many ways including providing:
· information and advice to older people, enabling them to escape fuel poverty through increased income, lower energy costs and being more energy efficient.
· workshops to support and equip people to cope with the rigours of winter.
· Phone and/or video contact to ensure people are continuing to have regular exercise.
Groups that benefited from the last appeal include West of England Rural Network, North Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau, Centre for Sustainable Energy and Carers Centre (B&NES).