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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's Help Us Help You Stay Well This Winter campaign.

  • 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 - grants of up to £5,000 are available through Norfolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal.  The grants will support charitable groups that provide direct help to vulnerable people who face particular hardship and are at risk of crisis over the winter months.  Examples of projects 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.  Funding is available for activity taking place during the winter months, and it is not expected that the fund will operate beyond the end of March 2019.
  • Grants for boilers and insulation - If you are struggling to pay your energy bills and your home is hard to keep warm in winter, you may be eligible to receive help through Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund partnership. The partnership, involving all of Norfolk’s councils, was created following Broadland District Council’s successful bid for £3.1m from the National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund. It aims to help more than 1,000 Norfolk residents, including homeowners and renters. The grant funding will be used to provide insulation and first-time central heating such as renewable heating, mains gas, oil or LPG. You may be able to get help from the Warm Homes Fund if you are on a low income or have underlying health issues and are worried about your home being cold or damp. To find out if you are eligible for support under the scheme, please contact the Warm Homes Team on 01603 430103 or at

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.

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