Spread the Warmth Age NI and Power NI launch Spread the Warmth Campaign With Winter just around the corner, and temperatures set to plummet this weekend, a leading older people’s charity has joined forces with Northern Ireland’s leading energy company to launch a new guide, aimed at helping keep older people, and their homes warm this winter. ‘Spread the Warmth’, a joint initiative by Age NI and Power NI, was officially launched on Thursday 25 October at The Pensioner’s Parliament at Belfast’s iconic Europa Hotel. The new guide, specifically designed for those in later life, comes as Age NI and Power NI mark ten years of working together to support older people to stay warm and safe in their homes. As well as busting myths about the cold, the Spread the Warmth Guide includes Age NI’s ‘5 Top Tips’ for staying healthy in the winter, and details on Power NI’s Customer Care Register, which aims to protect older and vulnerable customers in their homes. As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold and research shows, that groups such as the over 65s, can be more vulnerable as the seasons get frostier*. Keeping warm both inside and outside your home can help reduce your risk of serious health problems that are more common in the colder months, such as chest infections, heart attacks and strokes. Siobhan Casey, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Age NI said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to mark ten years of our long standing partnership with Power NI through the launch of our Spread the Warmth Guide. It demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting older people in Northern Ireland, helping them to stay warm and safe in their homes. To date hundreds of older people across Northern Ireland have been able to access free, practical support and advice, and with this Spread the Warmth campaign, we hope to support many more.” Wilma Stewart, Energy Services Development Coordinator, Power NI added: ‘Power NI is delighted to support the launch of Spread the Warmth. As an organisation, we care about our customers, especially older people, which is why we’re highlighting important initiatives such as our Customer Care Register. As well as keeping customers safe in their homes, we’re also providing lots of helpful tips on how to help save money and energy, including offering a FREE Home Energy Check.” Find Out More For more information about preparing you and your home for winter, or to request a copy of Spread the Warmth, please visit www.ageni.org/spreadthewarmth or get in touch with Age NI on 028 9024 5729 If you or someone you know needs help and advice on staying independent, benefits, care, housing and health, please call the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575.