Winter campaign to support the city’s most vulnerable launched

PUBLISHED: 15 November 2023

One Colchester Strategic Partnership has announced the launch of its annual Winter Resilience Campaign.

Supporting the most vulnerable over the coming winter months, the campaign brings together a strategic partnership of public, community and voluntary sector groups who provide funding and community spirit to help residents stay safe, warm, well and connected.

The project provides advice and support through the One Colchester initiative delivering roadshows in the community and distributing winter packs to those affected by the cold weather, including families on low incomes, people living with long-term health conditions or at risk of social isolation.

The launch took place at The One Colchester Community Hub at a cost of living and winter resilience event organised by Community360. The event was supported by over 20 organisations offering information on health, social prescribing and cost of living support.

Tracy Rudling, Chief Executive Officer of Community360 and Chair of One Colchester Said:
“We are delighted to be working once again with key partners who provide much needed help and support when things get tough during the winter months. This also includes funding local projects and conducting outreach across the city. It is humbling every year to see just how many people in our community are benefiting from the Winter Resilience Campaign.”

She added: “Unfortunately, we are still facing a tough winter ahead of us. Households across the city are already feeling the effects of the cost-of-living crisis, with many low-income households being forced to go without essentials. The risk of homelessness is growing and with fuel prices still high we will see more people still having to choose whether to heat their homes or cook a hot meal. Winter can also increase isolation, loneliness and have a negative effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

"However, Colchester has a fantastic community spirit and an amazing voluntary sector. Along with our partners, we can listen to and support our residents and communities with practical advice, support, and outreach.”

Cllr Natalie Sommers, Colchester Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The Winter Resilience Campaign is a vital initiative that provides essential support to our most vulnerable residents during the challenging winter months.

“The campaign is a testament to the strength of our community and the dedication of our partners to helping those in need. It is truly inspiring to see the collaborative efforts of public, community, and voluntary groups coming together to ensure that no one is left behind."

The Winter Packs, a crucial part of the campaign will this year include a guide to local support services, including signposting to social groups, and contain practical items, such as clothing, basic refreshments, a torch, blanket and flask and will be distributed to those identified as being in need by partnership members.

A dedicated supply of packs will be held at the One Colchester Hub and will also be held at Colchester Hospital for staff to distribute to patients who would benefit from the packs when they are discharged.

The Winter Resilience Steering Group, chaired by Community360, who co-delivers the project, brings together representatives from the public and voluntary sector to facilitate support over the winter months. The project has been funded by The North East Essex Alliance and supported by donations in kind.

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Pictured above: Amanda Findley, Engagement Manager C360, Tracy Rudling, CEO C360, and Cllr Natalie Sommers, Portfolio Holder for Communities at Colchester City Council.

Page last reviewed: 15 November 2023


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