Healthy Homes in Knowsley

Published on: Monday, 12-January-2015

Since Healthy Homes in Knowsley launched in September last year, over 3,200 homes have been visited as part of the initiative, which aims to improve both the living conditions and health and wellbeing of residents.  This has resulted in over 1,100 referrals to other agencies including Care and Repair, Knowsley Works and Family and Community Education who can provide solutions and support.  Many residents have been referred for energy efficiency advice, smoke alarms and housing issues.

Healthy Homes aims to tackle common issues that residents may be experiencing, such as living in damp conditions, having difficulty managing household bills or disabled residents struggling to get around without adaptations to their home.  These can all have a significant impact on health, wellbeing and general happiness.

The scheme available to all residents in the borough. If you would like to take part, a trained advocate will visit your property and talk to you about your health, home and wellbeing.  This will help them to identify any health or support services you might need or want, as well as any aspect of your property that could be improved to benefit your health and wellbeing.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “Improving the health and wellbeing of our residents is a priority for the council. We know that there is increasing evidence linking adverse health effects with poor housing conditions, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, depression and anxiety.  The feedback we have received through the initiative has been extremely positive and I would encourage as many of our residents to take part.”

Sarah Bell, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service District Prevention Manager for Knowsley, said: “Since the Healthy Homes Programme started in September last year we have received over 200 referrals from the Healthy Homes Team, for people who have not had a visit from the Fire Service in the last five years and have inadequate smoke alarms or are vulnerable and are considered to be at a higher risk of having a fire. This is 200 homes that the Fire Service would not have been aware needed our assistance had it not been for the partnership between Healthy Homes Team and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

“As a partner of Healthy Homes, they have assisted us in a number of campaigns within the last four months, such as the Home Safety Campaign in Kirkby on Older People’s Day on October 1, 2014, and the Electrical Safety Week campaign which we ran in Stockbridge Village in November. Their assistance at these campaigns allowed us to visit many more properties and provide residents not just with our service but also the Healthy Homes service.”

Group Manager Dean Bolton, district manager for Knowsley, said: “We are very proud to be a partner of this fantastic programme and even within the short amount of time it has been up and running we have seen some really positive outcomes. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service hope to continue to be involved in the programme and as a partner assist with the development of the programme for its duration and thereafter.”

The Healthy Homes Advocates started working in September 2014.

If you want like to take part in Healthy Homes in Knowsley, call 0800 694 0370 or email healthyhomes@knowsley.gov.uk
Healthy Homes is a free service, provided by Knowsley Council in partnership with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.