THE 16th Newtownabbey BB joined with elected representatives to help assemble keep warm packs for distribution to some of the borough’s most vulnerable people.
The packs, which have been funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), aim to help those most at risk who are unable to adequately heat their homes this winter, including older people, children, and those with chronic illnesses or disabilities made worse in cold weather.
Warm, protective clothing is vital to help reduce the effects of cold for people who are living in fuel poverty and the packs contain various items including a fleece top, thermal underwear, socks, gloves, a scarf, thermal hat and a blanket.
Mayor Victor Robinson said: “Due to high fuel costs there are many people across the borough who struggle to heat their homes during the cold winter months and the packs are a practical way to help those most in need.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in assembling and distributing the packs and I hope that they make a real difference to those who need it this winter.”
Dr Eddie Rooney, chief executive of the PHA, added: “With the cold weather upon us, the Public Health Agency has been working to reach people who are at greater risk of cold-related illness.
“Support from community, voluntary and statutory partners such as Newtownabbey Borough Council is essential to ensuring that the keep warm packs quickly reach those who need it most.
“This programme is part of a range of measures that the Public Health Agency is taking forward to help vulnerable people and tackle fuel poverty.”
In an effort to distribute the packs before the Christmas holidays, the council enlisted the help of a number of organisations and groups from across the borough.
These include: Newtownabbey Methodist Mission, Good Morning Monkstown, Monkstown Community Association, Newtownabbey Christians Against Poverty, Queen’s Park Womens Group, Glengormley Community Group, Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church, St Vincent de Paul and Newtownabbey Citizens Advice Bureau. For more information contact Wendy Brolly on 9034 0184.