People in Wiltshire will be helped to stay warm and well this winter thanks to a number of projects which will be funded following a successful partnership bid by Wiltshire Council for more than £240,000 of government funding.

The council has been awarded £240,506 by the Department of Health as part of the Warm Homes, Healthy People fund, to deliver a Winter Warmth campaign across the county. The money will be spent on projects within the community, working with partners to support those most affected by the cold weather.

Maggie Rae, corporate director public health and public protection, said: "This funding will help us target specific ways of supporting vulnerable people who can be affected by the long winter months or a particular cold snap.

"We are really pleased to have been one of the successful authorities to gain this funding, and we look forward to using it now to make a real difference to those groups in our communities who need that extra support."

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health and public protection said: "There is a lot of good work being done already and this extra funding can build on that and help us deliver a number of projects to help more people in our communities keep warm and well this winter."

Full details of how the money will be spent are being finalised but projects will include funding for the Good Neighbour Scheme, which helps people with practical issues including paying bills, providing support for those returning home from hospital and help with keeping homes warm over the winter.