Six Town Housing (STH) has delivered Winter Warmer packs containing food and blankets across estates to some of its most vulnerable tenants.

500 packs have been distributed to elderly, disabled and other vulnerable tenants across the borough by STH (who manage housing stock on behalf of Bury Council), Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and tenant volunteers.

The packs contain blankets, bed socks, thermometers and items of food - including pasta and sauce, porridge, soup, rice pudding and hot chocolate - donated by STH’s partners and suppliers. They were distributed by staff who were also able to speak to tenants and ask if they needed any other support during the winter months. The tenants will also receive a further “safe and well” visit from the fire service later in winter.

Recommendations of tenants to receive packs were confidentially referred to Six Town Housing by partners.

Alice Gillard from Radcliffe (above) was one of the tenants who received a pack. She said, “I can’t get out much these days and was feeling a bit down so their visit really gave me a boost.”

Adam Greenhalgh, Business Manager at STH, said, “The Christmas period is a celebration for many people, but it can be a cold and lonely time for others. Some of our more vulnerable tenants may not be able to get to the shops due to the weather, miss friends or family or even struggle to keep warm due to the high cost of bills. We wanted to let them know we are thinking of them while helping to make sure they are receiving enough support in the winter months.”

Councillor Sandra Walmsley, Bury Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing and Support Services, added, "The Christmas period is a time when people come together to celebrate or simply spend time with friends and family. However not everyone in our community has the same network of people around them. If you have a neighbour, friend or family member that you believe may be isolated or more at risk in Winter, why not take time to visit them to make sure they are safe, warm and well."

Over £2,360 in funding or items have been donated by businesses including Sure Group, A Connolly Ltd, Emanuel Whittaker, Praxis Care, Staying Well Team Radcliffe, AJ Glass & Glazing, B&M Bargains, Casey Companies, Cocklestorm, Schofield Carpets, Jennings Design Associates, Lightning Glass, North West Waste, NOVUS Solutions, Pennington Property Services, Pipetech, Qest Mould Eradication, Direct Fencing, Procure Plus and Rocknine.

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