Money Given to Dorset's "Winter Watch"
9:34am 10th December 2012
£320,000 is being given to help prevent winter deaths across Dorset.
The money, from the Department of Health, will be used in the 'Keep Warm, Keep Well, Keep Safe' initiative which runs schemes aimed at preventing people needing to go to hospital during the winter months.
Examples of the help it may pay for include offering to insulate and heat homes, keeping well and looking out for one another through 'Winter Watchers' good neighbour groups, home safety checks, and emergency provisions packs.
Local councils, Dorset Fire and Rescue, and the NHS will work together with Age UK Dorchester, Dorset Community Foundation, and Dorset Energy Advice Centre to help the most vulnerable prepare for and prevent the avoidable effects of winter and severe weather.
It's though around 500 winter deaths are potentially avoidable each year across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.