Keep warm and well this winter

As the temperature falls and we expect some periods of extreme weather, it is important to stay safe and healthy and to look after yourself, your family, and your neighbours.

Cold weather can make some health problems worse, such as respiratory conditions and heart disease, and can lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older or if you have a long-term health condition. By keeping yourself warm you can help reduce the impact of the cold on your health.

Some top tips for staying well this winter

Keep up-to-date with your vaccines

Get your flu jab and COVID-19 booster if you are eligible.

Keep warm and keep well

Heat your home to at least 18°C. If you struggle to keep your home warm, keep yourself warm by wearing layers of clothes, use a hot water bottle, drink warm beverages, and have a hot meal. If you can, exercise, do some chores, and keep moving.

Find out more about grants and advice about home energy:

Warm, Welcoming Spaces

There are also Warm, Welcoming Spaces across the borough:

Get financial support

Ensure you are receiving all the financial support you are entitled to such as the winter fuel payment and cold weather payment.

Get on the Priority Services Register

This is a free service provided by water and power suppliers for vulnerable people. You would need to contact your provider directly to find out if you are eligible to join the register.

Heat your home safely

Ensure the heating system is serviced regularly and that you have a carbon monoxide (CO) monitor.

Find out more about the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

Keep moving, be active and eat well

The Welcome Network is a network of local community groups providing food and support to residents.

 

Brio Leisure also provides a Stay Active 4 Less hub which includes some free online fitness classes, recipes and some top tips on staying healthy.