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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
  • Norfolk Warm Homes Fund

    We're working in partnership with other Norfolk councils to offer central heating system grants or advice for anyone struggling to heat their home. Households without central heating could be eligible for help with bills or the installation of first-time central heating.

    The money comes from National Grid's Warm Homes Fund, which provides afforable heating solutions for fuel poor households which don't use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

    Visit or call 01603 430103 for more information and to find out if your qualify.

    The Warm Homes Fund is provided by National Grid and administered by Affordable Wamrth Solutions CIC across England, Scotland and Wales.

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.

Norfolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal provides vital support to help vulnerable people across Norfolk get through the cold winter months. The aim of the appeal is to support people who are struggling and in serious need, to stop them from failing into crisis.

The Surviving Winter appeal needs urgent help from local people and businesses. Every penny donated will go directly to local charities to enable them to provide essential help to some of the most vulnerable people in Norfolk from right now, through to spring.

For further information and how to donate visit Surviving Winter appeal 

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