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Keep Warm and Well in Winter

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia; this is particularly true for older people.   Warm and Well in is a collaborative project involving Age UK Lambeth, Age UK Lewisham and Southwark, Lambeth and Southwark Councils and NHS Lambeth and Southwark CCGs. WWW has been funded by the Lambeth and Southwark Urgent Care Working Group.

This year’s campaign is focussed on reaching vulnerable older residents, particularly those who live alone.  It will be:

  • Encouraging health and social care staff that visit people in their home to put vulnerable people in touch with services that can keep them warm and well
  • Encouraging people to look out for vulnerable neighbours when the weather turns bad
  • Encouraging people to become volunteers with local projects that support older people such as befriending services
  • Providing some small grants to community organisations to promote winter health messages to their members and communities, particularly those who are less mobile or housebound
  • Providing winter warmer packs and other items to vulnerable older people
  • Delivering winter warmer activities across the boroughs including at supermarkets to reach those people who do not access older people’s social and community groups
  • Linking vulnerable people into other services available locally, such as welfare advice, home improvements and social groups

What are the key winter health messages?

  • Stay warm in the home. By setting the heating to the right temperature 18–21°C or 64–70°F
  • Get financial support. There are grants, benefits and advice available to make homes more energy efficient, improve heating and help to reduce fuel bills.
  • Eat well and drink regularly. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep the body warm. 
  • Get a ‘flu jab. People who are over 65, have a long-term health condition or are a carer can get a free jab from their doctor (GP) and some pharmacists to protect against seasonal ‘flu. If someone gets a cold or ‘flu it is better to stay in bed and rest.
  • Look after yourself and others. On cold days older people should try to avoid going outside.  However, if they do need to go outside, remember to wrap up warm.  If people have an older neighbour or relative, please look out for them during winter to make sure that they are safe and well.
For more information about Warm and Well in Winter and how to stay warm contact Age UK Lambeth or call 020 7346 6800.
 More information is also available on Lambeth Council website.