Council wants you to wrap up warm this winter

Release Date: 11 October 2017

Richmond Council is encouraging residents to “WRAP up warm this winter” as part of its campaign to keep people healthy over the next few months.

The Wandsworth and Richmond Assessment Point (WRAP) service provides free home visits for advice and information on heating, insulation, benefits and health for older residents and those with long-term conditions.

Last year the WRAP service completed 208 home visits and 182 handy person visits. 

During the visit, your advisor may offer the following:

  • Grants of up to £6,000 for heating, insulation and boiler repairs (for people who receive certain benefits)
  • FREE radiator reflector panels (subject to survey)
  • FREE draught proofing to keep heat in your home (subject to survey) 
  • FREE smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if required
  • FREE electricity monitor
  • FREE LED low energy bulb
  • FREE radiator bleeding
  • FREE water saving devise including saving shower head
  • FREE specialist advice on lowering your heating bills whilst keeping warm
  • Benefits checks
  • Advice on guided walks and healthy lifestyle opportunities in the borough
  • Advice on getting out and about, and getting involved in the community

The Council has also developed FREE online training to support frontline staff in health, care, and voluntary sector services to identify local residents who would benefit from support and signpost them onto the winter warmth service. The training is called “supporting winter warmth” and “addressing loneliness and isolation” and can be accessed by all services who work with our residents.

Cllr David Marlow, Cabinet member for Adult Services and Health said:

“Making sure you and your home stay warm will help to keep you well over the winter months. Many people do not realise that living in a cold home, particularly if you have a long term condition can cause serious health problems.

“The Council’s service can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing over winter and I urge people to take advantage of it if they are eligible.”

Mr Barfoot from Barnes was referred to the service last winter. He said:

“I’ve had trouble with the landlord for months and have had no hot water and had to use the cooker for heating. I appreciate all the support you’ve given me to get the free [central heating] grant and can’t believe the difference it’s made – thank you.”

To arrange a free home visit for advice and information on keeping warm this winter, please call 0800 118 2327 or 07928 394 482.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182. 

Reference: P471/17

Updated: 31 October 2017