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  • NHS to raise army of Good Samaritans for winter

    19 December 2013NHS to raise army of Good Samaritans for winter

    The NHS has issued a call for 100,000 people to sign a pledge saying they will look in on an elderly friend or neighbour this winter. In England, 51 per cent of all people over 75 live alone and five million older people say the television is their main form of company. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are also harmful to our physical health, with studies indicating that lack of social connections is as likely to cause early death ...

  • The Hero Project 2013

    9 December 2013

    Do you know a homeowner in need of a hero? With Christmas just round the corner, MyBuilder wants to spread the festive spirit by helping homeowners in need. It is joining forces with generous tradesmen to take on repairs and small projects for homeowners who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get the job done. Christmas is not only a time for giving and receiving but also a time to stop and think about those who are less fortunate than ourselves. As part of ...

  • Winter Watch – tackling fuel poverty

    9 December 2013

    Reading Borough Council will again be helping residents tackle fuel poverty and keep warm over the coming weeks with the re-launch of its Winter Watch initiative. Last year the Council’’s Winter Watch scheme helped 800 vulnerable households in Reading keep warm over the winter months. Reading’s Winter Watch 2013 will provide practical help and advice for vulnerable residents battling to cope with rising fuel bills. Support on offer includes: -Home energy checks -Draught proofing -Access to grants for insulation -Providing ...