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Winter Survival Kits Handed Out This Week

Thursday January 17 2013

Volunteers braved cold conditions to pack the free survival kits Volunteers braved cold conditions to pack the free survival kits

WINTER survival kits are being handed out to Barnsley's vulnerable people this week as a cold snap is forecast to hit.

The kits are for the elderly and families who are struggling and include items like blankets, gloves, hats, socks, porridge oats, and an alarm to make people aware when a room drops below a certain temperature. 

Coun Jenny Platts said, “It’s shocking to know that an estimated 140 people in Barnsley die each year of winter related conditions caused by low temperatures and being too cold in their home.”

The packs are available via local community and voluntary organisations, such as Voluntary Action Barnsley, Age UK, Children’s Centres, and Salvation Army.

They were funded through a grant of £206,000 from the Department of Health.

Over 4,000 packs have been built up by volunteers through Voluntary Action Barnsley.

Due to high demand, they will only be given to those that are referred through a community group.

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Reply Posted by DH on Thursday January 17 2013 at 13:31
were can you get the alarm that tells you your room is drops below a certain temperature. ,,,i think the homeless should get these they are more in need

Reply Posted by carl oceallais on Thursday January 17 2013 at 15:04
i think the council should open up part of the old council building on eldon st to provide shelter to all the homeless or any of the council owned buildings or shops not in use at this time no homeless person can survive these Siberian conditions for long ????they need shelter food n water and may be they can get some real help to sort them selves out also there are loads of unrented units all around barnsey open just a few it will make a difference and may even save a life

Reply Posted by Brierleygaz on Thursday January 17 2013 at 15:08
i agree with Carl, If just 1 life is saved then it will have been worthwhile

Reply Posted by Tammy on Thursday January 17 2013 at 21:41
Barnsley council are ridiculous! Sent an engineer out to OAP bungalows to service gas systems and left at a 77 yr old man with no heating except a small electric fan heater cos the engineer decided to go home sick half way thru the job!!!

Reply Posted by j kaye on Friday January 18 2013 at 10:23
Wot do u need to get 1

Reply Posted by Jaz on Friday January 18 2013 at 18:13
Why a referral? Most house bound OAP's are not apart of a community group because they can't get out. Are they suppose to freeze to death? Come on BMBC get a grip and reach out to the people who are truly vulnerable.

Reply Posted by D H on Saturday January 19 2013 at 22:27
i am a pension and disabled and dont get out much i feel the cold very much,i go to a craft group in barnsley ... but that will not count . i do not want
blankets, gloves, hats, socks,or porridge oats, // but would like a alarm ,,, can you buy these .... i am willing to pay for 1,

Reply Posted by April. on Sunday January 20 2013 at 21:04
Jaz if you,d read the above news you,d see its not Bmbc doing it!

Reply Posted by April on Sunday January 20 2013 at 21:06
Tammy how do you know the Bmbc worker wasn't genuinely ill? Or perhaps you,d rather him stay and say vomit in the gents bungalow!

Reply Posted by genna on Sunday January 20 2013 at 21:07
How do you donate?

Reply Posted by kat on Sunday January 20 2013 at 21:18
this is a brill idea my dad lives on his own and very ill and cant afford to put much on gas hes a pension and dieabetic i rang him tonight and he was rapped up in blankets x

Reply Posted by karen on Sunday January 20 2013 at 21:39
So the Alarm goes off..... Then what.... You already kno it's bl...dy cold. Does a Fairy arrive with some heat ???? And the people on the street don't need an alarm, they know it's freezing, they need to get in to the warmth...I think the Alarms are there to make the people who haven't got a clue feel a bit better.