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Keeping warm in winter

NHS Stay Well campaign

Stay Well This Winter

The NHS is launching their 'Stay Well this winter campaign'.

For a wide range of resources to help you stay well over winter visit NHS – Stay Well this winter using the link provided.

You will find information about flu vaccinations, keeping warm, winter illnesses and winter tiredness.

Visit NHS – Stay Well this winter website here

Keeping warm helps you to keep you well. If you do not keep warm, you may have problems with breathing which could lead to a serious chest infection.

Top 10 Tips to help you keep warm in winter

  1. do not let the cold catch you out - check the weather forecast and be ready for cold weather.
  2. hot meals will keep you snug and warm so make sure you have food in the house. Tinned, dried and frozen foods are great as they will keep fresh.
  3. have plenty of hot drinks like tea, coffee or hot water as this will help to keep you warm. Just boil the amount of water you need each time and this will save you money too!
  4. make sure you have enough of your prescription medicines. If the weather turns bad you may not be able to collect or have your medicines delivered, check the forecasts and make sure you have enough in stock.
  5. the flu is much more serious than a cold; it often leads to a hospital stay and can be fatal. Keep yourself safe and make sure you have your flu jab. People over 65 or people with existing medical conditions, get this for free so make sure you get yours.
  6. make sure you can check the temperature in your living room and bedroom. If possible have a simple thermometer or set your heating controls to the right temperature. Ask someone for help if you cannot work your heating controls properly.
  7. wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than 1 thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm. Socks and hats are great too and are a good idea to keep you warm in bed.
  8. cover yourself with a blanket or shawl if you are sitting for long periods, this will help keep you warm and put your feet up if you can; the air is colder near the floor
  9. tuck curtains behind radiators, this will keep the heat in the room
  10. keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm. Try not to sit for more than 1 hour – get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day. If walking is a problem try moving your arms and legs whilst sitting or wiggling your fingers and toes.

Organisations and services that can help you to keep you warm in winter

Flu Jab

When the cold weather comes in, it means there is a higher chance of people getting the flu. To stop this from happening, we recommended that you get flu jab.

You can get a free flu jab if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or over
  • Are pregnant
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled perso

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The Met offIce

The Met office can help to you to find out what the weather is like in your area.

Access the met office to check the weather in your area

 Cold weather payment 

Cold weather payments are given as emergency support in bad weather. You will get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0˚c or below for seven days in a row.

You can get a cold weather payment if you:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

You do not need to apply if you are eligible for a Cold weather payment. If you think you should get a cold weather payment, you should:

Tell your pension centre here

Tell your Job centre plus here

telephone Universal Credit on 03456 000 723

Winter fuel allowance

If you were born on or before 5 August 1953 and receive a state pension you can get help to pay for your heating bills. You will automatically get paid between £100 to £300. If you think you qualify but have not received your winter fuel allowance by December then you need to make a claim

To find out more visit the GOV.UK website to find out more.

Hull Warm Zone

Hull Warm Zone is a not for profit partnership with Hull City Council, National Energy Action and nPower. We can provide help to reduce the cost of keeping warm by providing grants, advice and support.

Home owners and private tenants can access funding for the following types of house improvements -

  • cavity wall insulation
  • loft insulation
  • central heating systems
  • boiler replacements
  • external wall insulation

For free installations you need to -

  • live in a qualifying postcode area
  • are in receipt of qualifying benefits
  • have long term health conditions which are caused or exacerbated by the cold

Contact them to discuss your eligibility and for a free no obligation assessment. 

If you live in a council property they can flag up issues with our housing department on your behalf and provide advice and support.

Installing energy saving improvements significantly help towards reducing costs and improving warmth within your home but they can also refer you to free services from a large range of partners that can provide additional support.

You can request a home visit from a trained assessor to assess your household needs. They will then apply for any grant funded improvements and referrals we think you may be eligible for.

They can also offer -

  • benefit checks
  • referrals for - financial advice, tariff switching and fuel poverty assessments
  • meter reading, heating programmer set up, understanding your energy bills and avoiding damp and condensation
  • fuel debt advice and support
  • fuel poverty vouchers – for install of gas supply (domestic only)
  • community energy purchasing and money saving clubs
  • thermal image reports

Visit the Warm Zone website for more information

Alternatively you can contact the them on -

email - WarmZoneEnquiries@hullcc.gov.uk 

telephone - 01482 300 300

text phone: 01482 300 349

(Freepost address)

Hull Warm Zone

FREEPOST NEA15165

HU1 3BR

Age UK winter wrapped up

Age UK provides a number of information and advice pages, including a full guide to preparing for the winter. The Winter Wrapped up page offers advice relating to:

  • Staying healthy
  • Keeping warm
  • Heating your home
  • Financial help
  • Winter health resources
  • Help an older person this winter

To learn more visit the Age UK website here

Northern Powergrid Priority care register

Northern Powergrid has a priority care register. By registering you will become a priority member which means that you will get the support guidance you need during a power cut. As a priority services customer, the Powergrid Care team will make sure you receive extra help and peace of mind if there is a power cut.

Register here to become a priority member

Alternatively, you can telephone them on 0800 169 2996

Last reviewed: 29/01/2017