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“Winter is Coming” – be prepared say Isle of Wight charities

Citizens Advice, The Footprint Trust, People Matter and their Isle help partners are urging Islanders to be prepared for a harsh winter. They are to hold a free “Winter Is Coming” event to help local people keep warm and well during the months ahead. They will be joined on the day by; Veterans Outreach, Southern Gas Networks and Southern Water and the Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards.

The Island’s popular Riverside Centre will be the venue on Thursday 10th October 2019 from 11am to 3pm.

Expert staff and volunteers from IW Citizens Advice will on hand to offer help on money, tax matters, benefits and allowances.

The Footprint Trust will be giving guidance on energy saving, discounts and grants from utility companies, along with information on Switching and gaining the best deal from utility suppliers. They will be highlighting the need to prepared for extreme weather and will be encouraging those attending to sign up to the Priority Service Registers of SSE Networks and the utility companies.

Southern Water will be publicising their Priority Service Register and the Watersure tariff, to assist those on low income or have disability issues.

SGN will be on hand to provide those attending with information about their free locking cooker valve, which helps keep people living with dementia and other disabilities gas safe in their own homes. For more information visit www.sgn.co.uk/LCV. They’ll also have information on the Priority Services Register which helps energy companies identify customers who need priority support in an emergency.

People Matter will be in attendance to chat about support available to keep people living independently. Storeroom2010 will be marketing their pre-loved furniture, which assists people on tight budgets to affordably furnish their homes.

Veterans Outreach Support provides UK veterans and family members confidential welfare advocacy, psychological support or an opportunity to meet socially. The monthly drop in is a unique meld of public, private and charity sectors offering one-stop assistance including legal, housing, financial, employment, spiritual, substance misuse/ alcohol and mental health support.

Trading Standards will be prompting the Trader Approved scheme and highlighting scams and how to avoid them. The “Isle Find It” website will be explained, a great internet service which leads those using it to the relevant help agency or organisation.

Anyone needing immediate assistance prior to, or after, the event can contact the Islehelp partnership through Citizens Advice on 0344 111 444. For help with energy and water bills The Footprint Trust can be contacted on 01983 822282 or email info@footprint-trust.co.uk

Winter Is Coming, is one of many outreach events that The Footprint Trust will be attending as part of their Power Plan project supported by Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Resilient Communities Fund and the Charles Hayward Foundation.

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