Winter Well-being Appeal

 Donate today to help keep our older and vulnerable residents warm, safe and well this winter.

In the winter months, should older and vulnerable people in our communities have to choose between heating or eating? With many older people living alone, winter can be a lonely and worrying time having to choose what they can afford to do. One in ten households in the county live in fuel poverty, spending more than 10% of their income on fuel. 

 

In this unprecedented year, where older and vulnerable people have been advised to self-isolate and shield for many months, the winter months will be even harder for them to get through. With many day centre activities having to adapt to enable their clients still to be able to access their services, the need for support this year is even greater. The money raised through this appeal will be awarded to local community groups whose activities protect and help local older and vulnerable people in supported environments. 

With your donation we can ensure those who are less fortunate can stay warm, safe and healthy this winter.  Therefore if you can afford to, please think about giving some or all of your winter fuel allowance, or a donation to our Winter Well-being appeal.

How can you make a difference?

Donate online via our Just Giving page; the quickest and easiest way to give a donation using the reference ‘Winter Well-being’.  

By cheque payable to 'Northamptonshire Community Foundation', Winter Well-being Appeal, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, 18 Albion Place, Northampton, NN1 1UD.  

By BACS transfer using the reference 'Winter Well-being' to Unity Trust Bank,  Sort code: 60-83-01 Account number:  20134419 

Gift Aid Your Donations 

If you are a UK Tax Payer, you can increase the value of your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate at no extra cost to yourself. Simply download and complete this Gift Aid Form and return it to us to accompany your donation.  

How the funding will be spent 

Every penny raised from our appeal will be passed on to those in greatest need in our county. The money raised will be used to support local charities and community organisations who protect and help older and vulnerable people in supported environments,  making sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile, as well as help them in practical ways such as ensuring they can make doctor's appointments, get to the shops, and maintain an active social life. 

Last year’s appeal helped support activities run by local organisation  Live at Home Northampton.  Funding from the Foundation enabled the lunch club to continue throughout the winter months, tackling the real issue of reducing social isolation within older people. Funding also supported two Christmas parties and a New Year’s get together. This year since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic , this group had to adapt to be able to continue to support its members; they delivered newsletters and activity packs to their members which included useful information, advice and telephone numbers,  and to  remind them that they are not alone, that there is someone to turn to and that they have not been forgotten. 

How this will benefit the community 

Care & Repair Northamptonshire received a grant of £3000 to deliver a home well-being service to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients’ directly into their homes by a team of multi-skilled technicians. Many of their clients have existing health conditions which may be exacerbated by cold and damp environments and the client may additionally be at risk of fuel poverty. The service will provide low level preventative support services in the home aimed at supporting everyday living, positive health and wellbeing, thus supporting independence. 

Beneficiary of their service - "I’m just writing to say a big thank you to the technician who came yesterday to put in bulbs and foil behind the radiators - he is such a lovely chap, who put me completely at ease. I do suffer with anxiety, especially with people in my home I don’t know.  I could have sat with him chatting over a cuppa all afternoon!  So thank you .."

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic , the group responded by running their 'Supporting Vulnerable Customers at Home’ service, to people who are particularly vulnerable at this time and ease their situation, helping to keep them safe, secure and warm at home. 

Gillian Shadbolt of Care & Repair, “ We have been working throughout the pandemic to provide essential home support works to vulnerable householders across the county, many of whom are older and are on limited income.   As we enter a second lockdown, we anticipate the increased demand on  support services to continue, especially as we enter the colder winter months”.

The difference you’ve made since 2010

For the past decade, we have run our annual Winter Appeal encouraging all those who can afford to forego their Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) to instead donate it to support older and vulnerable people in our county for whom the WFP is not nearly enough, making them most at risk during the cold winter months. Since the launch of the Surviving Winter appeal in 2010, and with the generosity of our donors, Northamptonshire Community Foundation has been able to fund 54 projects, awarding a total of £193,079.99 to those in greatest need.

This year Northamptonshire Community Foundation has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its charitable activities - 17 goals that the United Nations has set to improve quality of life and wellbeing for all by 2030. Click here to read how our CEO Victoria Miles DL and staff champion for UN SDG 1 No Poverty is ‘thinking globally and acting locally’ to help tackle poverty and work towards achieving this target by 2030.

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