Winter warmth packages delivered to elderly in south Leeds

Caption: (L-R-Back)-Steve Hall, Transport Manager, Holbeck Elderly Aid, Elissa Newman, Interim Manager, Holbeck Elderly Aid, Cllr Kim Groves, member of the inner south area committee, Claire Holmes, Neighbourhood Support Worker and Sue Cawthray, Interim Manager, Holbeck Elderly Aid.

Caption: (L-R-Front)-Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, member of the inner south area committee, Cllr Angela Gabriel, Chair of the inner south area committee, Betty Broadhead, one of the recipients of the winter warmth packages, and Cllr David Congreve, member of the inner south area committee.

Winter warmth packages are currently being delivered to 1,000 elderly people living in south Leeds, thanks to funding provided from the local area committee.

As part of the project, key essentials including soup and stewed meat, blankets, bed socks, scarves and gloves, will be provided as part of the Winter Warmth Package scheme to support vulnerable and hard to reach residents living in three wards of south Leeds, including Beeston & Holbeck, Middleton Park and City & Hunslet.

Supported by local Neighbourhood Networks who are distributing the packages to the elderly, funding for the £15,000 initiative has been provided from the inner east area committee’s wellbeing fund (£9,000) and the Inner South Housing Leeds Area Panel (£6,000).

Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the inner south area committee, said:

"Supporting the elderly in our communities remains a key priority of our area committee, and we did not have to think twice therefore when we were given the opportunity to provide funding towards 1,000 winter warmth packages that will be provided to some of our most vulnerable residents.

"The packages are currently being delivered with the fantastic support of our Neighbourhood Networks that do such a great job helping our elderly, and we look forward to supporting similar schemes in the future."

Notes to editors:

10 Area committees across the city, play a vital role setting out detailed improvement plans for the areas they represent, and decide through a monitored service level agreement, where both street cleansing and environmental action should be targeted.

The management and budgets of community centres are also undertaken, while funding is also provided to agencies, groups and organisations which support a range of important projects that are being delivered in communities through their wellbeing fund.

Holbeck Elderly Aid provides a range of services to support and enhance the life of Older People (60 or over).

For more information, please contact Holbeck Elderly Aid at: (0113) 2455553.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk