Stay well this winter

Cold weather can be tough but it’s especially hard on vulnerable people, or people aged 65 and over. Our advice can help you stay well this winter.

Our campaign is run in conjunction with the NHS and Public Health England Stay Well This Winter.

  • Contact your GP or pharmacist about a flu jab
  • Heat your living room to 21°C (70°F) and the rest of your house to 18°C (65°F)
  • If you can’t heat all your rooms, heat your living room during the day and your bedroom before you go to bed
  • Eat regular meals and drink hot drinks
  • Keep as active as possible
  • If you're over 60 and feeling under the weather, get advice from your local pharmacist
  • We provide information and support to help you to stay independent and safe in our care, support and health pages
  • Draught-proof doors and windows and insulate lofts and wall cavities
  • Close doors and draw curtains at dusk
  • Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm and smoke alarms
  • Check electric blanket advice at Electrical Safety First
District councils provide a range of services, such as energy-saving advice, loft clearance, and heating and insulation grants.

The Energy Saving Trust also provides advice on making your home more energy efficient
You may able to claim financial help from the following:
  • Winter Fuel Payments
  • Cold Weather Payments
  • Surviving Winter Appeal – this campaign runs throughout winter each year to help those in greatest need who are struggling to cope, despite their own best efforts. The idea behind it is that that those who don’t need their fuel allowance might donate all or part of it to the appeal.

    Older people can apply to the fund for financial help to stay warm and eat well - to apply contact Age UK Norfolk on 0300 500 1217.

The Communities That Care Stay Well This Winter Fund has been set up to support voluntary groups and charities that work to assist vulnerable people in their local community who face particular hardship over the winter months.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available for projects that help those in the community facing very real challenges as the weather gets colder.

Projects can, for example, include activities that help to reduce isolation for older and vulnerable people, provide a hot meal or warm clothing, or help vulnerable people to access local services and information that may prevent a crisis situation arising.

Look after yourself and, if you can, make sure friends, relatives and neighbours are safe, warm and well too.

People who are worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour can contact Norfolk County Council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.