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 Give Your NHS a Hand campaign.
Tips for staying well
- 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
Make your home energy efficient and safe
- 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
Claim all available financial help
You might be eligible for financial help:
We work with other Norfolk councils to offer central heating system grants and advice for anyone struggling to heat their home. Houses without central heating could be eligible for help with bills or the installation of first-time central heating. Call 01603 430103 for more information and to find out if you qualify.
Worried about a friend or relative
If you can, make sure friends, relatives and neighbours are safe and warm. If you are worried about a relative or elderly neighbour contact us or call the Age UK helpline 0800 00 99 66.
Surviving Winter appeal
Norfolk Community Foundation's Surviving Winter appeal provides support to vulnerable people through the cold winter months.
The appeal needs urgent help from local people and businesses. Donations will go directly to local charities to provide essential help to vulnerable people.