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Issue:- 4 October  2012

Keep Warm This Winter

A CAMPAIGN to ensure that the elderly in Liverpool stay safe and warm this winter gets under way this week.  More than 2,000 elderly residents in the city will be visited in the next few months as part of the Healthy Homes Programme; which is a joint initiative by the City Council and Liverpool PCT, who are organising the Winter Survival Campaign, in conjunction with the Liverpool Energy Efficiency team.

The team will also be visiting pensioners groups in community venues to give advice on how to keep warm and safe during the cold weather.  Information will also be given about energy efficiency and there will be an opportunity for people to enter a free prize draw to win £100 off winter fuel bills. There will also be an opportunity for people to get free winter warmth items.  And advice will be provided about carbon monoxide safety. People who do not qualify for free safety checks from their suppliers will be able to enter a prize draw to win a safety check.

The campaign will be publicly launched at Radio Merseyside on 3 October 2012, between 11am to 3pm, when healthy homes partners will attend to offer information and advice. They include Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service who will be promoting the Fire Support Networks Emergency Heating Campaign.

Following the launch the Winter Survival Roadshows will hit the road. It includes 6 public events in libraries that any elderly people living in the areas are welcome to attend.   They are as follows:-

18 October Breck Road Library, 10am -12noon
29 October Fazakerley Library, 10am – 12noon
5 November Spellow Lane Library, 10am – 12noon
12 November Toxteth Library, 10am – 12 noon
20 November Old Swan Library, 12 noon – 2pm
28 November Dovecot Library, 12 noon – 2pm

Radio celebrity Pete Price will be at Breck Road Library on 18 October 2012, from 11am, to promote the re-launch of his Chair Based Exercise DVD which was produced by Healthy Homes last year to help people stay warm and keep fit during the cold winter months.   There will also be a Winter Survival Fayre at St Georges Hall on 14 November 2012, from 10am to 2pm, at which advice and information will be provided on issues such as health and well being, keeping warm, energy efficiency and grants, keeping active, fuel poverty and debt, benefits maximisation and much more. Entertainment will also be provided.   Councillor Roz Gladden, Assistant Mayor, said:- "This is a very important campaign. Last year we had a comparatively mild winter but that should not lull anybody into thinking they do not need to be prepared for the cold months ahead. There will be lots of practical advice on keeping warm and information on how you can afford to pay for heating and I would urge elderly people to make sure they take advantage of this to keep safe and warm this winter. I would also ask that people keep on eye on their neighbours during any cold weather."


A new culinary guide about the best local organic produce from the Liverpool City Region has been released, and features several businesses from Sefton.

The booklet was produced by Food Tourism Connect, a campaign which aims at raising awareness of rurally produced food and drink in the Liverpool City Region.

Sefton businesses that are included in the guide are:-

Southport Farmers Market.
Southport Seafoods.
Broughs Butchers, Formby.
Church View Farm Shop, Lydiate.
Bistrot Verite, Birkdale.

The guide includes an overview of what local foods are in season at particular times of the year, an introduction to several local 'food heroes' including Christian Peet of Southport Seafoods , a directory of local suppliers and 3 'taste trails' – routes around the region which take in noteworthy local food suppliers. Southport Farmers' Market, which takes place on Chapel Street, on the last Thursday of each month; is also highlighted as an excellent place to buy local produce.

Pam Wilsher, Head of Visitor Economy Development of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said:- "We hope this guide will make it easier for locals and visitors to our area to eat fresh, local, food produced right here in the Liverpool City Region.  Whether you want to find your nearest farmer's market, eat at a city centre restaurant that makes great use of local produce or really make a day of it and go on a 'taste trail', this guide has something for everyone."

Christian Peet of Southport Seafoods, commented added:- "So many people are interested in eating fresh, local food, but it can be hard to know where the best places to go are. Buying local doesn't just mean that food is likely to be fresher and tastier, it also means that you're supporting local businesses and re-investing in your local community. Local people, and bars and restaurants across the Liverpool City Region are so important to our business, and this guide is an excellent way to reach them. We're delighted to be included."

Food Tourism Connect is funded by Defra's Rural Development Programme for England. The initiative is a commitment to raising the profile of rurally produced food among visitors to Liverpool City Region and to drive demand by promoting it direct to consumers, buyers and wholesalers.  To download a copy of the guide, visit:-

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