Keeping Warm

With energy prices rising, it is more important than ever to budget for the cost of heating your home. The government supplies a heating allowance, but it may be advantageous to look at insulation and generating your own power through renewable resources.

Severe weather is one of the biggest threats to the efficient day-to-day running of the country, and it’s for this reason Warwickshire has in place regularly tested procedures and means of reducing the impact of this on the community. The community however has an important role in taking measures to protect themselves.

Keeping warm is a vital part of keeping well in the winter particularly for older people, the young and those with chronic illness, as more people get ill and the number of deaths rise. In order to help people keep well this winter Public Health England has launched its ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign.


Keep Warm Its Winter is an information pack launched by the Lichfield District Strategic Partnership to help older people keep warm and well at home during winter.

The Keep Warm it’s Winter packs include leaflets from a host of local organisations that offer information on staying warm, eating well, keeping active and staying safe. Advice leaflets on money, debt, home adaptations and looking out for neighbours are also included as well as information on where residents can go for help.

  • If you are over 65, or have a health problem, heat your home to at least 18°C to keep warm.
  • Make sure that you have some warm slippers or shoes that have a good grip. Try to keep your feet up as the air is cooler at ground level.
  • Put on several warm, light layers of clothing which will keep you warmer than one thick layer. Have hot drinks, use a hot water bottle and if you're sitting down, put a blanket over you.
  • Keep moving – avoid sitting down for long periods as muscles become stiff and slow when they are cold. Even housework will generate body heat and help to keep you warm.

We can help you with Winter Fuel Payments, Warm Home Discount Scheme or Cold Weather Payment.

The Foundation encourages and co-ordinates donations from individuals and companies and works with local charities including Age UK Kensington & Chelsea to ensure that donations reach those most in need. The Foundation relies on these local charity partners to help them decide on the criteria for donating money to individuals, to assess requests and to do follow up work.

How Age UK Lewisham & Southwark helps older people in winter

Following the success of the Warm & Well In Winter programme over the last two years, Age UK Lewisham and Southwark is pleased to continue to offer this programme in partnership with Southwark CCG for Southwark residents this Winter 2016/17. The project aims to help older people keep warm and well throughout the winter in a number of ways.

With energy bills remaining stubbornly high, ensure you’re fully informed about the Warm Home Discount scheme – it’s financial assistance available from the government to help keep your heating costs down over the winter. If you’re over 60 and receiving the state pension you might qualify. Also, with the weather getting colder, your home may qualify for a free boiler, or if you simply want to know how much a replacement or repair would cost.

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