Cheshire East Council and Age UK Cheshire, in association with their partners and the Local Adult Safeguarding Board, are offering a range of advice and support to residents on how to keep warm, well and safe this winter.
The Council has put together a wealth of detail in one place at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter, where residents can find advice on a wide range of topics from heating, eating and winter safety to school closures and public transport.
This week, residents are urged to make use of their libraries during the holiday period.
Stock up on free winter reading
With the colder weather very much upon us, Cheshire East Council would like to remind people that its libraries are at hand for those who want to stock up on their free winter reading.
Residents are being encouraged to take advantage of the chance to borrow free books from the area’s libraries.
Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: “With temperatures dropping, it would be a good idea to stock up on your reading material this winter.
“Our libraries are excellent and offer a warm, safe environment. Not only can you borrow books, you can also borrow music and films for a small charge.
“Many of our libraries are now much more accessible with the most up-to-date technology.
“They also have computers, which can be used free of charge, and most of our libraries can also help you to get on the internet and use email and social media. Council services and details on community events can also be accessed.
“Libraries provide more online services than ever before. You can reserve and renew library books without leaving your home as well as accessing the ‘virtual’ reference library or listening to classical music through the libraries subscription to Naxos.”
Monthly reading groups are held in libraries across Cheshire East. Those interested are advised to contact their nearest library for more information. The authority also has mobile libraries which take books for all ages into the rural areas of Cheshire East.
Sean Reynolds, chair of the Local Adult Safeguarding Board, said: “Cheshire East Adult Safeguarding Board welcomes any initiative to assist its most vulnerable people, especially during the winter months, to feel warm, healthy and safe.
“It is often harder to find things to do during the winter period, particularly outdoors. Reading is one answer to this and being able to renew loans without having to leave the home is likely to be welcome by many older and disabled people. The people of Cheshire East have high-quality facilities on their doorstep.”
Book loans can be renewed from home by calling 0845 148 0148 or visiting www.cheshireeast.gov.uk and typing in ‘libraries’ into the search engine.
Cheshire East libraries are always looking for volunteers to help people get online or help at library events. The Council is appealing to those with time to spare to contact their local library for more details or call 0300 123 5018.
Meanwhile, during winter, members of the Go Project, which helps people and organisations realise and fulfil their own missionary calling, are encouraging neighbourliness this Christmas.
Its initiative called Connect 4 Community, supported by Cheshire East Council and Cheshire police, encourages people to make contact with their neighbours to introduce themselves and get each other’s contact details.
This means they will know where to find those who may be vulnerable or at risk in times of trouble or may just be alone or in need of a friend.