The Poverty Action Network (PAN), set up and hosted by Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, met again today to discuss groups’ strategies and services for winter.
PAN, which meets quarterly, is made up of organisations which aim to tackle poverty and its indirect effects through services and support to local people.
Topics for discussion included social isolation, mental health and poverty that comes with the winter months, including fuel poverty.
PAN agreed to publish a newsletter later this year to highlight issues with the winter season and what support is on offer.
Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:
With winter fast approaching, it’s essential for local groups to liaise with each other to meet the seasonal needs of the community and ensure everyone can access the services they need.
It’s a disgrace that today, families are still choosing between heating and eating. As a community, we need to come together and support each other. Food and fuel poverty should be non-existent.
Winter also brings social isolation – especially for the elderly who may find it difficult to get about – and also poorer mental health. Please do not suffer in silence, reach out to local groups who can offer mental health support and befriending services.
Speaking with representatives today has inspired my staff and I to launch a newsletter and see what more we could do in the coming months to support people. We’ll be rolling out a campaign soon to address winter issues.