AN annual project is gearing up to keep people warm during the winter months.

Winter Warmth, from Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST), and supported by numerous other organisations, has again received funding from the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group to carry out its work.

The project launches in Harwich at the CVST Harwich Hub, on Tuesday between 10am and 1pm.

The project aims to prevent illness, increase people’s ability to keep warm during the cold season and improve access to information and services.

This includes making sure people are warm and well-fed.

Packs will be given to vulnerable people containing warm clothing, a hot water bottle and electric heaters.

The project is targeting older people, those on low incomes and benefits, anyone with a life-limiting illness or disability, carers and people who are homeless.

A key aim is to ensure children and young people are supported.

Sharon Alexander, chief officer at CVST, said: “This project brings the community together to support those who need it, and we know it is always well received.

“To ensure the project reaches those who need it, representatives will take part in door knocks across Tendring, and there will also be a programme of events and roadshows – which we encourage people to come along to.”

Joy Broderick, Tendring Council’s councillor responsible for independent living, said she was pleased the authority was able to support the project again.

She said: “The Winter Warmth initiative offers a lifeline for people in our community.

“It is now well-established, continuing to go from strength to strength, and not only supports residents but also colleagues in the NHS by providing early support which can help to prevent hospital admissions.

“I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible, or who knows someone who needs help, to call the CVST number and make a referral.”

People who need assistance, or who want to refer others for help, should call CVST on 01255 425692.

Tendring Council’s Careline is once again running an emergency helpline to support vulnerable people who have issues caused by bad weather.

The Careline can be called out of hours on 01255 222022.