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The Winter Warmth campaign is back

Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull are teaming up to urge vulnerable residents to prepare themselves for the cold months ahead with the annual Winter Warmth Campaign.

The Winter Warmth Campaign offers free advice, information and assistance to residents at risk from the cold. The service is not just for elderly or unwell residents but for anyone who needs help staying warm this winter. 

The helpline has re-opened on 0121 704 8080 and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, offering help with emergencies such as: 

Providing emergency heaters and electric blankets (Not to be left on overnight)
Providing warm clothing
Finding a tradesperson for emergency repairs
Practical help on making your home warmer this winter
Advice on finding a cheaper energy provider
Benefits and debt advice.

If you are struggling to stay warm and suffer from a health condition, make sure you contact your GP to have your flu-jab. It’s free for everyone over 65 years old, and is one of the most important things you can take to prevent yourself becoming ill this winter.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: ‘The Winter Warmth Campaign offers great support for vulnerable residents in the borough. I encourage people to look out for anyone that may need the support from this campaign and to ring the helpline for further advice.’

Lucy Garratt, Head of Services at Age UK, said: ‘The winter months can be dangerous for residents, especially older people and people with respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses. The Winter Warmth Campaign wants to offer support and advice to the people of Solihull, so I am urging people to call the helpline if they are having any difficulty staying warm.’
 
The campaign also offers temperature and information cards which give lots of tips and advice on keeping warm throughout winter and is available for free from the helpline.

Top tips for keeping warm this winter:

Keep internal doors closed to stop draughts
Have at least one hot meal a day
Have hot drinks throughout the day
Layer up - many layers of clothing are best
Use an electric blanket or heat pad
Close curtains at dusk
Ensure your heating is 21 degrees centigrade in your home
Keep your heating on overnight and close windows
Contact your energy supplier to find out about Warm Home Discounts or Priority Register Schemes
Ensure your home is well insulated and boiler serviced.

For more information visit Solihull MyLife.  


Photo caption: Councillor Karen Grinsell with temperature and information cards.

 

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