As the costs of energy, food and other bills continue to rise, the coming months are expected to be difficult for many older residents across the city-region.
The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub has partnered with national older person's charity Independent Age to launch Winterwise, a new guide to keeping well during the winter period.
More than 325,000 printed guides are being distributed across Greater Manchester. The guide brings together key information for older people on cost of living support with messages focusing on three themes - ‘Stay warm’, ‘Stay safe’ and ‘Stay well’.
- ‘Stay warm’ – Providing information about the financial support that older people could access to help them with rising energy costs
- ‘Stay safe’ – Focusing on home safety advice for older people, including fire safety, how to spot and report scams, and what to do if they fall
- ‘Stay well’ – Tips and advice on mental health and wellbeing, eating well and keeping active
The guide also builds on the Pension Top Up campaign, relaunched earlier this year, which encourages older residents to check they are getting all of the financial support to which they are entitled.
In Greater Manchester, £70 million goes unclaimed each year in Pension Credit alone, while many older residents are also missing out on Attendance Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and other entitlements – all of which could make a big difference to their weekly income and provide extra support for the rising living and energy costs.
To get a physical copy for yourself, your loved ones or older people you are supporting, please look out for local distributions such as at libraries, pharmacies, warm hubs and more, or call Independent Age on 0800 319 6789. You could also call your local council’s dedicated cost of living phone line for more advice and support.
With the support from Talking With My Generation – the first older person’s led newsroom in the UK, a video has been produced with older residents in Greater Manchester to promote the guide. Please find the video in this YouTube link.
The online version is available below:
Greater Manchester is providing a helping hand for residents during the cost of living crisis - find out more on GMCA's Helping Hand webpage.