Residents benefit from new ‘Well Homes’ Scheme

Monday, April 1, 2019

A new ‘Well Homes’ scheme has been launched in the Rochford district, which aims to help residents feel safe and secure in their own homes.

Rochford District Council has partnered with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Community Agents Essex in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of residents living in owner–occupied and private rented properties.

The Well Homes partnership:

  • offers help to make homes safer by reducing the risk of ill heath or accidents in the home – for example, unsafe stairs or wiring.
  • Puts residents in touch with services that can improve quality of life.
  • works with Landlords to keep tenants safe at home

The ECFS, through their ‘Safe and Well visits’ can offer advice on fire prevention and home security; with the permission of the resident they may refer them to Rochford District Council’s Well Homes for assistance with housing hazards.

In addition, Community Agents Essex offer support to residents to find and develop independent living solutions from within the local community. 

Rochford District Council’s Assistant Director for Housing & Community Services, Louisa Moss, said: “The Well Homes initiative has been launched in order to support those local residents who need additional assistance, ensuring that they can feel confident and secure in their own homes. 

“This can be achieved by ensuring that we work collaboratively with our partners and make the best use of our shared resource. These partners will now act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Council in order to enhance prevention, protection and response measures taken in the local community.”

Kieron Moir, Home Safety Operations Manager for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Ultimately, we want everyone in Essex to live safely and securely in their own homes, and this partnership will help us to visit new people, as well as more of the people who need us most.

“We’re excited to be able to refer residents into the Well Homes Service for additional advice and support, and are already seeing benefit to some of the people we visit through this closer working relationship with Rochford District Council.”

Nicola Fawcett, Service Coordinator, Community Agents Essex, said: “Community Agents Essex are dedicated to supporting people to be more independent at home. We are pleased to be able to work with the Well Homes Partnership to provide greater support to improve the safety and wellbeing of individuals in Rochford.”

One Rochford resident who was supported by the scheme said: “I am really pleased for all the help and I feel a lot better about my security and safety.

“It’s so magic that I now have heating and hot water as well, its made my life a lot easier and given me less to worry about. The process was so good and I am very grateful.”

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