As of 1st December 2018, Lincolnshire Community Foundation now manages the Responders to Warmth scheme which offers practical interventions such as oil filled radiators, heated over blankets, hot water bottles etc. to those who need help to keep warm during the Winter months. The Scheme runs from December to March and the Responders to Warmth helpline (0845 6064566) is open from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive. The Team are also able to signpost to other agencies who may be able to offer financial support with the cost of boiler repairs or replacement etc.
The Foundation continues to respond quickly and provide support to those people left vulnerable as a result of having inadequate, or no form of heating, during the Winter.
Referrals can be made easily via the helpline number and applicants only need answer some very simple questions to see if they are eligible to receive support and, as a result, keep warm. We are also happy to receive referrals from local agencies, support workers etc. on behalf of their client/service user.
Since December 2018, we have helped various families and individuals across the County to keep warm, for example: Cheryl (aged 35) runs a family and struggles to pay for the cost of electric storage heating at her property. She is on Income Support and has multiple medical issues. We were able to keep Cheryl and her family warm this Christmas by providing her family with oil-filled radiators, heated mattress toppers and electric blankets; Francis (aged 88) lives on his own. His heating system is waiting to be replaced after breaking down. He is in poor health and has mobility difficulties which are worsened by cold weather. Francis requested and was provided with an oil-filled radiator and electric over blanket.
To assist with the cost of future support, the Foundation would like to invite those who receive the Winter Fuel Payment, but are financially stable, to donate this to us and we will ensure it helps others, less fortunate, to keep warm in future years.
To apply to Responders to Warmth, or to donate your Winter Fuel Payment, please call us on 0845 6065466.