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Supporting older people this Winter

Published on 28 November 2022 07:19 PM

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove is supporting older people locally with the cost of living crisis this Winter. This includes providing personalised information and advice from specialist advisors, helping people access benefits and signposting to local warm spaces.

Some of Age UK WSBH’s centres have cafes and it was hoped that those could be opened for longer and promoted as official warm banks. However, recent staff shortages and challenges in recruitment (felt by many in the charity sector) have meant this wouldn’t be a regular, reliable option.

Please click here to read our updated press release regarding warm spaces.

There are a number of existing warm space options across West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and the charity will help older people to find their nearest. In addition those enquiring will be offered a free financial check, which could identify benefits or grants to help them heat their homes. Should they need it, information about local food banks will also be available.

Sarah Watson, Chief Operating Officer at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove said “Although we’re not registering our centres as official warm spaces, we hope those in need will still contract us as there are a whole range of ways we can help. In the last year we identified more than £3 million worth of unclaimed benefits which are now being paid to older people locally. This has allowed many to cope with energy bill increases and keep warm in winter, perhaps no longer needing to consider using a public warm space. Those worried can still get individual support from us by phone or email and shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch.”

To seek support please email Age UK WSBH on or call 0800 019 1310