Monthly Archives: March 2018

Home Environment Assessment & Response Team

Home Environment Assessment & Response Team (HEART) – a partnership of Warwickshire Local Authorities – is here to help

HEART can assess you and your home environment

·        To help you better manage everyday tasks that have become more difficult due to disability or because you are getting older.

·        To provide solutions, from equipment to major adaptations that may enable you to improve or maintain the use of your home and help you stay living more independently.

·        To provide access to equipment through the County Council and provide grants for major adaptations for eligible applicants.  Where we identify lower level needs, we may be able to assist with preventative works.

HEART is offering personal needs assessments

·        To Warwickshire residents who are looking to move home due to disability

·        To assist residents who are thinking of moving or when their current home cannot be adapted to help find a home that better suits their needs

·        To help identify the access requirements and facilities you will need within the property

·        To give advice as you prepare for the future

HEART can help you apply for a grant of up to £10,000

·        To help combat cold homes; lack of hygiene facilities; slips, trips and falls within the home or garden; security issues; electrical, case or fire risks or hot or cold water problems.

HEART is offering Home Safety Grants to Warwickshire residents.

·        To assist eligible residents to help them to live safely at home by preventing accidents.

·       The maximum grant available is £500 per household although this amount may be spread over a 3-year period.

Eligibility: Advice and information is available to all.  Our financial assistance packages have different criteria – please see the detailed information leaflets or contact us. 

South Warwick Residents should contact us to see if we can help you with your housing needs and funding solutions:



Telephone: 024 76 376299


Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme

The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis.

It provides basic and essential help for food and energy. This is provided either in emergency food parcels or with credit for energy. It is not a cash benefit.

The Scheme also provides help to those whose needs are more long term, who are vulnerable through an ongoing set of circumstances rather than an immediate crisis. This includes people that are care leavers, victims of domestic violence, former armed forces personnel, or those resettling in a community after a custodial term. Help might take the form of help in furnishing accommodation with basic furniture and appliances.

The Local Welfare Scheme will also signpost customers in the direction of other agencies and organisations who can offer help and support.

We also recognise that some families eligible for free school meals, struggle financially and have difficulty covering the period when their children are off school during the school holidays. This Scheme is therefore an opportunity to reach and help those most in need by supporting families with the cost of food for their children over the school holiday period, the Scheme will therefore provide support over the Easter half term, applications for support will be taken fromWednesday 28th March to Friday 13th April.

The eligibility criterion for this offer over the summer holidays is that parents are currently registered for free school meals (not universal FSM).

All partners are being asked to identify any parents who meet the eligibility criteria and refer them to the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme.

The telephone contact number is 0800 408 1448 or 01926 359182. Applications can be made by yourself or the customer. When calling, please make reference to the eligibility for free school meals and explain how the customer is struggling financially. If you are asking the customer to call and apply themselves, could you please ask that they also provide the above information.

In the meantime, if you have any questions on any of the above please contact Paula on 01926 350863 or 07917 791750 Email:


Village Communications Meeting

There will be a meeting on Village communications on 16 April at 7.30 pm in the Reading Room. All are welcome.

As you may have seen in the Compton Chronicle, and/ or the minutes of the Parish Council, there is a proposal to discuss village communications in order to ensure the right information is reaching everyone in the village in the most efficient manner. Councillor Darrell Muffitt (Parish Council) and Dr Sarah Richardson (Community Website) who are co-ordinating efforts are keen that the discussions should be as inclusive as possible and that all Village groups should have a say.

Communications have not been looked at in depth since the Parish Plan which was completed a decade ago, in 2008. Obviously, there have been many changes in the population of the Village and modes of communication, since then. The communications media that are currently in use covers the spectrum from paper, eg paper surveys, noticeboards, Compton Chronicle etc, to on-line media, including web sites, Facebook and Twitter. We want to identify improvements and efficiencies that we could make, to better serve the communities that we represent.

The meeting is open to any interested parties to contribute and we will be gathering views by other means as well. We hope you will be able to attend – but if you are unable to come or send a substitute and have ideas or comments, please do forward them to us.

Darrell and Sarah

Lambing Season

As we are now in lambing season please could all local dog owners keep their dogs on a lead and keep to footpaths. In January five dogs were shot by farmers in south Warwickshire for worrying sheep.

PC Mike Barnett of Warwickshire police said:

“We are at the very beginning of lambing season and we are already starting to have problems with dogs. Farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs worrying sheep on their land.

To lose sheep and unborn lambs has a big effect on farmers’ livelihoods. To lose a loved pet causes huge upset for dog owners too.

All is takes to avoid this distress is to keep dogs on leads and make sure they cannot get out and run loose.”