November 5, 2020
Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull have launched the annual Winter Warmth campaign to help people stay warm and well this winter.
People can call the Solihull Winter Warmth Helpline for advice, tips and practical help on keeping warm and making their home more energy efficient. The service is not just for elderly or unwell residents; it is for anyone who needs help staying warm this winter.
The helpline is available on 0121 704 8080, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, offering help with issues such as:
- Providing emergency heaters if your heating breaks down
- Receiving a ‘Safe and Well’ visit from West Midlands Fire Service
- Making a ‘Warm Home Discount’ application and joining the ‘Priority Services Register’
- 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
Top tips for keeping warm this winter
- Keep your main living area at 21°C and other rooms at 18°C
- Have at least one hot meal and hot drinks throughout the day
- Layer up – many layers of clothing are best
- Keep the heating on overnight
- Have your gas appliances and boiler serviced
- Keep doors and windows closed
- Move about as much as possible when you are indoors
Remember that anyone aged 65 years and over as well as anyone with a long term condition such as asthma can receive a free flu vaccination as they are more vulnerable and may suffer more than most people if they catch flu. Anyone in these groups is urged to visit their GP or local pharmacy to have a free flu vaccination.