Partnership Working Helps the People of Colchester Stay Well, Warm and Connected this Winter
Colchester’s strategic partnership, One Colchester launched its 2019/20 Winter Resilience campaign to help those in need stay warm, well and connected this winter, at an event at the One Colchester Hub
The event was attended by partners, volunteers and the general public.
Thanks to partnership working, funding and community spirit, this project continues to provide advice and support through the One Colchester Hub in town, delivering roadshows in the community and distributing winter packs to those affected by the cold weather, including families on low incomes, people living with respiratory conditions and long-term health conditions.
A Steering Group, chaired by Community360, brings together representatives from the public and voluntary sector to facilitate more action over the coming months.
Tracy Rudling, Vice Chair of One Colchester and Chief Executive Officer of Community360 said: “The success of the One Colchester Hub and its programme of activities, has demonstrated how collaborating to establish a community focal point can make a difference to people in the Borough.”
Councillor Michael Lilley, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, Wellbeing and Public Safety, said: “With winter approaching it is important residents keep warm and look after themselves. Thanks to partnership working and funding, the winter resilience project provides a number of ways for those affected by the cold weather to access free support to stay well, warm and connected this winter.”
The One Colchester Hub will once again be a focal point for activities that will help tackle social isolation, alongside managing health and wellbeing, initially between now and March but with the potential to extend into the summer.
The Winter Packs which include a guide to local support services ranging from Colchester Borough Council’s Emergency Heater Scheme to social groups, clothing, basic refreshments and practical items, such as a torch and blanket will be distributed to those identified as being in need by partnership members. A dedicated supply of packs will also be held at Colchester Hospital for staff to distribute to patients who would benefit from the packs when they are discharged.
“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.” Said
Tracy Rudling. “Last year over 50 partners collaborated and we reached over 1000 people.”
She added: “A special thank you has to go to our wonderful team of volunteers who help our staff at The Hub and help to resource our dedicated community team. Their help is invaluable, and I would encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering to contact us to find out more information.”
One Colchester is pleased to announce that a community bursary fund is to be set up for voluntary and community sector partners who deliver projects that support people to stay warm, well and connected. Further details on this project will be announced shortly.
The Winter Resilience project has been funded by North East Essex Alliance and supported by donations in kind from Waitrose, Tesco, Metro and Knit for Peace.
The project also supports the aims of Livewell, a campaign which helps to support residents to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
The One Colchester Hub is located at 81 Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LF near Primark, opposite St Helena Hospice shop. The Hub is open from 10.00am until 3.00pm Monday to Friday.
Photo Shows: Amanda Findley, Manager of the One Colchester Hub Community360 (left) and Cllr Mike Lilley Centre Right with partners at the recent launch