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'Winter Warmers' visits help keep elderly of Thamesmead ready for colder months

PUBLISHED: 08:54 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:54 06 November 2015

Jean Bailey with Peabody’s executive director of housing, Sandra Skeete

Jean Bailey with Peabody's executive director of housing, Sandra Skeete

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People have been volunteering their time to advise older residents

Older residents of Thamesmead have been visited by volunteers known as ‘Winter Warmers’ ahead of the colder months.

The volunteers, from local housing and development organisation Peabody, have been talking to residents about how to stay warm during the winter months, as well as informing them of potential savings on heating.

1400 Peabody residents across London, aged 75 and over will be visited by around 250 Peabody employees throughout November as part of the organisation’s annual ‘Winter Warmers’ programme.

Peabody’s executive director of housing, Sandra Skeete said: “Our Winter Warmers visits are there to make sure our older residents are coping with the additional pressures of winter.

“Residents find comfort in the knowledge that someone is looking out for them and feel confident that the help and support is there should any issues arise. Staff get involved from across the organisation and really enjoy making a difference.”

Current reports suggest 4.5million older people in the UK are in fuel poverty, with cold homes costing the NHS £1.36bn and leading to more than 25,000 winter deaths.

One local resident, Jean Bailey, said: “I love Thamesmead – I brought up my three children here, two of which still live nearby. I especially love the people and the houses. Visits like this, where they give residents tips for winter, shows they really do care. Even if I was offered a nice little cottage somewhere I wouldn’t move.”

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