Winter wellbeing

Be prepared during the cold weather and follow our top tips for keeping well. 

  • Our wellbeing guide provides practical advice on staying well in winter.
  • Contact your GP to get your free flu jab if you are aged over 65 or a main carer for an older or disabled person.
  • Eat regularly and try to keep a loaf of bread and a pint of milk in your freezer - just in case you cannot get out to the shops. 

  • Meals on Wheels are available short or long term and Community Transport run regular shopping trips to local towns.

  • Don’t delay in getting treatment for minor ailments, visit your local pharmacist before minor ailments become something more serious. Ensure you have enough medicine in case of a cold weather spell and you are unable to get out. 

  • Layer your clothing whether you are indoors or outdoors. Wrap a scarf around your mouth to protect your lungs from cold air. 

  • The Community Alarm can provide sensors to keep your home at the optimum temperature. 

  • Ensure dark areas around your home are well lit and remove any trip hazards.

  • Try not to sit down for more than an hour at a time, move about and make yourself a warm drink. Do make sure you keep well hydrated and have at least 8 drinks a day (including tea and coffee but excluding alcohol). 

  • Contact your power and water service providers and ask them to add you to their Priority Services Register, in case of power cuts they will try to connect your supply first. 

  • Make sure your heating and gas appliances are working well, have them serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

For more information and details on services to support you see the following guides:

The winter wellbeing initiative is kindly supported by our partners: 

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