Six Town Housing staff and Community Support Officers are delivering the Winter Warmer packs

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

320 packs were delivered across the borough by Six Town Housing staff and GMP Community Support Officers (PCSOs) last week. They were distributed to elderly, disabled and other vulnerable tenants whose details were confidentially referred to Six Town Housing by its community based workers, Police, Children Centres, Early Break and other local agencies. Six Town Housing manages housing stock on behalf of Bury Council.

The packs contained items of food such as Christmas Cake, tinned fruit, porridge and soup, as well as information from Age Uk on how tenants can keep warm during winter. Those distributing the packs were also able to signpost any tenants needing support to different services if required.

John Merrick, Director Of Neighbourhoods at Six Town Housing, said, “The Christmas period is a celebration for many, but for others it can be a cold, lonely time. Some of our tenants may not be able to get to the shops because of the weather, struggle to keep warm due to the high cost of bills or miss the companionship of friends or family. This is our little present to them.”

Mrs Margaret Ratcliffe, a tenant from Whitefield, said, “I struggle to get out as I use a wheelchair and am partially sighted, so the winter pack is a massive help. Thank you Six Town Housing.”

Councillor Rishi Shori, Deputy Leader of Bury Council, said, “The Winter Warmer packs have been distributed equally on Six Town Housing managed estates across the borough, providing tenants with a number of essential items for the winter months.”

Sian Critchley was one of the PCSOs distributing the packs in Whitefield. She said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity to give something back to some vulnerable members of our community.”

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