51²èÂ¥ Winters Well
Use this page to find advice and support to stay physically, mentally and financially well this winter.
Stay well this winter
As the days get colder and the nights get darker, itâ€™s important to take care of ourselves and the people we care about particularly if they are older or more vulnerable. This can be challenging when itâ€™s cold outside and we are trying to keep the costs down inside.
Keep yourself and others healthy
Winter conditions can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
It's important to get your if you're at a higher risk of getting seriously ill from these illnesses.
Help to stop the spread of winter bugs by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. It is the best way to prevent tummy bugs, COVID-19 and other winter illnesses.Â
If you cannot use soap and water, wash your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 70% alcohol, but it does not kill all winter bugs, such as Norovirus.
During the colder months, itâ€™s easy to trip or fall when its icy or snowy outside. Take a look at our information onÂ how to prevent a fall.
Try to heat the rooms you use to at least 18Â°C if you can. If you canâ€™t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep.
Below is a directory of council services and useful information to help keep you financially, physically and mentally well this winter.Â You can also read advice from the NHS and national government:
An easy to follow home fire safety check.
NHS advice on where to get medical help.
How to prevent falls
Guidance to check if you're at risk of falling, steps to look after yourself and what to do if you have a fall.
From the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency.