MSP helps spread vital advice to help the elderly stay warm this winter

Copies of the 'Tot Tips' calendar are available from local libraries.

Copies of the 'Tot Tips' calendar are available from local libraries.

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Graeme Dey MSP is helping to spread vital information and advice to older people in Angus South this winter in partnership with Age Scotland, the national older people’s charity.

Over the coming weeks the SNP MSP will be working with the charity to distribute copies of its ‘Hot Tips’ Calendar to a selection of Angus-based community organisations and libraries.

As part of an annual ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign, the calendar provides information to help older people get prepared for winter. Each month focuses on a special theme or includes content from a partner charity, with more than 80,000 copies available.

Mr Dey said: “Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ calendar is an excellent resource for older people and I would encourage my constituents to pop in and pick up their free copy. With winters becoming increasingly severe in Scotland, it’s important people prepare for what can happen, and Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ contain everything you need to know.”

Greg McCracken, Age Scotland Policy Officer, said: “Every year, ‘Hot Tips’ includes suggestions on making your home comfortable, safe and warm, as well as the latest information on welfare benefits and hints on keeping fit and healthy. It’s vital older people are enabled to continue living independently, but ‘Hot Tips’ is also about improving quality of life by looking at what people can do to get out and about or involved in volunteering.”

This year, Age Scotland teamed up with a range of partners including Care & Repair Scotland.

Robert Thomson, Head of Care & Repair Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the publication of this year’s Hot Tips calendar. Our clients really appreciate having high quality advice made available to them in this easy to read format. Care and Repair services provide support to homeowners, tenants of private landlords and crofters to enable them to repair, adapt or improve their house so that they can stay in their own homes and communities for as long as they choose.”