Plus Dane/SHAP help to keep Halton residents warm this winter


The Plus Dane and SHAP partnership, which provides floating support services to vulnerable people living in Halton, is leading an initiative to provide those in the area struggling in fuel poverty with winter warmth packs.

The winter warmth packs are filled with items including flasks, blankets, scarfs, draught excluders and gloves; tea, coffee and instant soup supplies; and advice and information on how to contact emergency services over the Christmas period.

The packs will be distributed to local residents most at risk of fuel poverty over the winter months.

The initiative is funded by Plus Dane and SHAP. Halton Borough Council, which funds the partnership’s floating support services, is helping to identify the most vulnerable people in need of the extra support. The packs will be distributed by Plus Dane/SHAP staff over the next couple of weeks.

John Foster, supported housing manager at Plus Dane, said: “Fuel poverty is a serious problem, not just for our residents but for many people living throughout Halton. At this time of year many elderly and vulnerable people struggle to adequately heat their homes; the consequences of this can be deadly, so it is vital that the support is there for people in Halton to get through the winter.”

Plus Dane and SHAP will also be running their annual free Christmas party for children and families in the borough who are in receipt of their support services and facing hardship this festive season.

John said: “We work with a lot of families with children who are not going to get anything for Christmas, so it is important we can provide a free event where children can meet Father Christmas and enjoy themselves.”