Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 14.31.52With the onset of winter Hambleton residents are being urged ‘to stay safe, stay warm and stay healthy’.

This year North Yorkshire Police has joined forces with Hambleton District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Community Care Associations to help deliver these important messages.

Police Community Support Officers will be helping deliver 2,000 Winter Weather packs to help prepare residents whose health is at risk during bouts of cold weather. 

“Severe winter weather can affect many elderly and vulnerable people – so it is vital they are prepared,” said Lisa Wilson, Hambleton District Council’s Communities Manager. 

“These packs provide vital information about the risks associated with winter weather and tips on how to get prepared, including keeping essential food and household items in store, registering with your power supplier’s priority register and how to keep your home warm.” 

The Council also wants to encourage people to be good neighbours to elderly and vulnerable people – by clearing snow, collecting prescriptions, checking their welfare, doing a bit of shopping, or just simply being there for a chat during long cold spells.

‘Winter weather’ packs are available from the district council offices in Northallerton, Stokesley and Easingwold.

There is also a range of other support available to support vulnerable people who live in a cold, damp house.  Anyone struggling to stay warm should call 01609 779977 for further information or email communities@hambleton.gov.uk.