City West project to keep children warm this winter
Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health
Local school children from Peel Hall Primary School in Little Hulton, Salford, help City West to donate coats to the needy
City West Housing Trust is hoping to help hundreds of young people fight the cold this winter, by making sure that children and teenagers living in West Salford have the opportunity to get a warm coat.
The housing association, which owns and manages 14,600 homes in the area, has launched its Cover Up initiative – and is asking people from across the city to donate new and good quality coats for those in need.
Martyn Hague, Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods at City West, said: “We have very high levels of child poverty in some parts of our city, and the increasingly tough financial climate means that families often can’t afford new warm clothes for their children in the winter.
“That’s why we are urging as many people as possible to get involved in project Cover Up and make a donation that could keep a child warm. Although we’re a housing trust, our role is about more than bricks and mortar and this project is just one of many initiatives we’re running to support our customers.”
The Cover Up campaign, which will run until February 2014, comes at a time when national figures show that around one in seven children in areas of child poverty do not have a coat, and feedback from food banks indicate that vulnerable people are being forced to make a choice between heating their homes, buying clothing or feeding their families.
Coats will be provided to those in need through a referral from local support services, and can be collected through local schools, Sure Start Centres, Youth Centres and the Health Improvement Team at Little Hulton District Centre’s One Stop Shop. Adult coats will also be available too and donations of coats are also welcome.
City West staff will also be able to work with families in need, offering advice and referrals to help those struggling to manage their finances.
The landlord also works closely with Salford and Manchester-based charity The Mustard Tree and is encouraging people to donate other warm clothing directly to the organisation to support those who are homeless this winter.