The charity tackles isolation among older people by organising regular Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Isolation is one of the biggest concerns facing older people in the winter months.
“But there are things that we can all do to help tackle those concerns, while also making sure our own homes are ready for freezing temperatures.
“That’s why I’m supporting United Utilities’ Winter Wise campaign.”
Contact the Elderly is seeking additional volunteers to help host tea parties and provide transport.
The Winter Wise campaign is also about encouraging people to take note of the simple steps that they can take to help themselves by preventing the misery of a burst frozen pipe.
United Utilities recommends that householders:
- Lag pipes so they are much less likely to freeze
- Find and label your stop tap – the tap which controls water supply to your house, so you know where to turn the water off if you do get a burst.
- Keep the number of a good plumber handy, just in case
- Find out more about becoming a Contact The Elderly volunteer by visiting http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/ or getting in touch with North West Development Officer Gwen Lightfoot on 01925 728969 or email: Gwen.Lightfoot@contact-the-elderly.org.uk
Further advice on preparing your home for winter is available online at www.unitedutilities/winterwise