Winter service offers residents a helping hand

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

With further cold snaps forecast for this winter, North Kesteven District Council has revived its scheme helping those in most need.

When the weather turns cold and there is barely anything left in the cupboards at home, instead of battling the elements and risking their safety, isolated residents can call the district council to request delivery of a Winter Wellbeing food parcel to their door.

And in some circumstances the scheme can include prescription collection and clearance of ice and snow from paths.

A network of volunteers will be on call to work with the council to deliver the essentials for making healthy and nutritious hot food and drinks – and even pet food – to those in need.

The programme will be triggered when temperatures fall to a consistent 3oC or lower, or if there is snow and ice on the ground.

There is no age limit, although eligibility criteria does apply relating to isolation, access to transport, physical ability to leave the house and safety in doing so, availability of friends or relations to shop on your behalf and urgency of need.

Any North Kesteven resident who considers themselves to be vulnerable and in need should call the council on 01529 414155 and make payment of between £14 and £17 depending on their pack and £4 for each pet parcel.

The volunteer would go to their nearest Lincolnshire Co-op, collect the food parcel, drop it in either the same day or the next between 8am-