District Dispatch – 17 November 2021: Chichester District Council

As a council we are encouraging everyone to keep an eye out for anyone who might be alone or need some extra support. Just a friendly face can make a huge difference, but it’s also about making sure that people are warm and safe. This is especially important at this time of year when the temperature drops and we are at risk of severe weather.

One of the schemes that we have introduced to help keep people warm and well is the Chichester Warm Homes Initiative. This scheme is for residents on low income living in a property with poor energy efficiency, and could contribute towards the installation of an efficient heating system, as well as loft and wall insulation. If you know someone who may benefit from this, please encourage them to get in touch with our delivery partners,

Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice

through their website or by calling 01243 974063

I’m also really proud of our community wardens, who play such an important role in supporting those who live alone or are vulnerable, carrying out regular welfare checks to make sure that they are safe and well.

Last week, I was really touched to hear about one of the many acts of kindness that they carry out on a daily basis. Our Senior Community Warden, Declan, had been contacted through the ChiBAC radio system by a sales assistant in one of the Chichester stores. For those who don’t know about this, it is a radio system which links businesses together, along with CCTV, the Police and our Community Wardens — providing invaluable information and support. The sales assistant was with a man who was very worried because he had realised he had locked himself out of his home and there were concerns he could have left something on in the house.

Declan immediately set off to help and he alerted his manager who called our friends at West Sussex Fire and Rescue to see if they would be able to gain access. They immediately sent someone out, who managed to enter the house and check that nothing had been left on. Once the gentleman was safely settled back into his home, Jon and Carol, the community wardens based in his area, arranged for some new keys to be cut for the gentleman and they are now carrying our regular welfare visits.

This type of incident is one of many that the community wardens assist with every day, and I know how grateful our communities are for this valuable support. I would like to thank the community wardens for all they have done over the pandemic. Throughout the entire crisis, they have been at the forefront of the response in our communities, along with our communities team — delivering essentials to local people who couldn’t get out; making sure people had their medication; and keeping people’s spirits up.

We are also lucky that we have such strong communities in our district who step up and help when people need assistance — and this was so evident at the height of the pandemic. At the time, we were inundated with offers of support. I know that these groups and individuals are still playing a massive role supporting those who are vulnerable and I would like to say a huge thank you. If you are interested in volunteering locally, please do get in touch with

Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

 on their website or through the phone on 01243 840305.


Best wishes

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council

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