RHP launches Winter Warmers campaign

Published: 18/12/2023

South-West London housing provider RHP, has launched the seventh year of its Winter Warmers campaign, which aims to keep older customers (who live independently) safe and connected during the winter months.

During December all customers over 80 will receive a directory which signposts to various local support services, and those over 90 will also receive some winter gifts including a blanket and festive biscuits.

All of these customers will also receive a phone call at some point during the winter from one of RHP’s housing team to check on their wellbeing and to offer any support that might be needed.

In addition, RHP has joined forces with their gas and compliance partner Smith & Byford to carry out MOTs on the homes of customers over 90, to check that boilers and heating systems are working correctly.

The campaign has been sponsored by Devonshires Law Firm, as well as Smith & Byford, who both match funded RHP’s contribution.

Shola O’Grady, RHP’s Head of Housing Services said: “We’re delighted to celebrate another year of Winter Warmers. We know there’s an increased risk of loneliness and isolation for older people during this period, as well as more potential health issues. Therefore, it continues to be important to us to go above and beyond to connect with our older community at this time. Thank you to Devonshires and Smith & Byford for their generous donations and involvement.”

With Age UK’s most recent research estimating that 52% of older people (8.5 million) are concerned or very concerned about winter, RHP and their partners believe this is an essential campaign.

Victoria Smith, Solicitor from Devonshires said: “We’re proud to support RHP’s Winter Warmers campaign and their older community during this festive season. Great work from all involved in providing this vital support for customers over 80 in the winter months to keep them safe, warm and connected.”

Michelle Munns,  Smith & Byford’s RHP Contract Manager said: “At Smith & Byford, we understand the importance of customer comfort, safety, and warmth, particularly during the winter period. We are honoured to collaborate with RHP on their Winter Warmers campaign, helping to ensure heating systems are operational, whilst providing warmth and peace of mind during the colder months. This reflects our unwavering commitment to deliver exceptional customer service, community engagement and a positive impact on the lives of our customers.”

Winter Warmers directly aligns with RHP’s purpose to provide safe, secure, affordable homes – opening the door to life opportunities.

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