Portsmouth Councillors came together today to launch their 2015 'Stay Safe, Stay Warm' project. It has been a huge success. We're pleased to confirm that we gave away more than 430 help and advice packs in Cosham alone.
The Stay Safe, Stay Warm project had a core objective of helping residents during what can be a difficult time. Winter fuel bills, the cost of Christmas and not knowing where to turn can be a terrible inducer of stress and anxiety. We want to help residents, families on low incomes, residents on low fixed incomes such as pensioners and vulnerable residents. Often people don't know where to turn, how to save money on their winter fuel bills, what is the best tariff, what help they could be entitled to, what grants are available or even if they could quality for free cavity wall and loft insulation. Councillors, our MP and community campaigners have come together to expand Councillor Hannah Hockaday's Stay Safe, Stay Warm help project.
Cosham councillor Hannah Hockaday "I ran my first project in 2014 and really wanted to do something on a bigger scale to try and help more people. I started working with Penny Mordaunt MP and Jim Fleming and it gradually grew from there. Working together we've achieved something that's positive and helpful for residents who I know from personal experience can find the winter and festive period to be a worry. As community leaders, it feels like a moral duty to help where we can."
Thanks must go to Jim Fleming, Councillor Hannah Hockaday, Penny Mordaunt MP, Councillor Gemma New, Steve Hastings, Scott Harris, Lee Mason, Ian Lyon, Robert New, Donna Jones, Neill Young and campaigners George Edgar and Callum Wright for their outstanding help and support today, helping Portsmouth residents.