Local parliamentarians Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP are helping to spread vital information and advice to older people in East Lothian this winter in partnership with Age Scotland, the national older people’s charity.
Over the coming weeks Mr Gray and Ms O’Donnell will be working with the charity to distribute copies of its ‘Hot Tips’ Calendar. As part of the charity’s 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.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ calendar is now well established as a must-have resource for older people and I would encourage my constituents to pop in and pick up their free copy. With the potential for another severe winter in Scotland this year, it’s important that local people prepare for what can happen. Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ calendar contains everything people need to know, as well as a wealth of other useful information and advice.”
Fiona O’Donnell MP said:
“This excellent calendar includes many useful suggestions for older people on making their home comfortable, safe and warm, as well as the latest information on welfare benefits and hints on keeping fit and healthy. It’s vital that 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 Poppyscotland and Care & Repair Scotland. The calendar, funded by the Scottish Government, features content from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, Action on Hearing Loss and the Carers Trust with the content guided by what ‘Hot Tips’ readers say they want.
Copies of the calendar are free and are available at the office of Iain Gray and Fiona O’Donnell at 65 High Street, Tranent. They can also be found in your local Age Scotland retail shop, where available, as well as from your local library while stocks last.