Over 400 residents are being kept safe and well this winter, thanks to the efforts of Bury Council, Public Health, GM Fire Service, Six Town Housing (now part of Bury Council), Morrisons Whitefield, and the Co-op in Whitefield.
The packs were specifically designed for those who are most vulnerable due to the cold weather and the increasing cost of living.
Two different packs were distributed. The Winter Warmer Pack included blankets, hats, gloves, socks, draft excluders, hand warmers, and informational booklets about available support services.
Bury Art Museum was also commissioned by the council’s Public Health to create mindfulness packs, which were distributed alongside the winter well packs to Fairfield General Hospital and mental wellbeing groups. These packs contained creative activities, toiletries, Christmas tags, indoor gardening supplies, tea, coffee, biscuits, Christmas cards, and postcards.
The packs were distributed through Bury and Prestwich libraries, the council’s Staying Well team, Fairfield General Hospital, Pennine Care, community mental health groups, and local food banks and pantries.
In addition, gloves, socks, and hats were provided to rough sleepers who visit Bolton Road Methodist Church during severe weather.
Councillor Nathan Boroda, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, expressed his satisfaction with the positive reception of the packs. He stated, “Families, elderly individuals, those who are homeless, and other vulnerable groups have all received the packs and we have received positive feedback from residents and partners. Food banks and pantries have also appreciated being able to support their attendees.”
Councillor Richard Gold, Cabinet Member for Finance and Communities, acknowledged the ongoing struggle with the rising cost of living and emphasized the council’s commitment to providing support. He said, “The packs are just one part of the comprehensive support available from the council and our partners. We are already working on improving the packs for this year and collaborating with more businesses and partners to offer further assistance.”
The Winter Warmer packs were funded through the government’s Household Support Fund. Bury has received £3m from the fund to provide support, including the packs, as well as food and fuel vouchers, emergency rental and Council Tax assistance, and other forms of support.
If you or someone you know is struggling and in need of help, please contact 0161 253 5400 or visit https://www.bury.gov.uk/benefits/cost-of-living-support.