November 30, 2021

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
  • Benefits and debt advice

 

Here are a few simple tips to help keep you warm throughout Winter.

Heating

Try and heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F). You may prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. Keep internal doors closed to stop draughts and have your boiler serviced.

Flu jab

Get your free flu jab if you are eligible to help prevent you from getting seriously ill from flu. Visit www.nhs.uk/flu to learn more.

Health

Don’t delay in getting treatment for minor ailments like colds or sore throats. Visit your local pharmacist for advice before it gets worse so you can recover quicker.

Clothing

Layer your clothing whether you are indoors or outside. Wrap a scarf around your mouth to protect your lungs from the cold air. Wear shoes with a good grip when outside.

Mobility

When you are indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour or so. Get up, stretch your legs and make yourself a warm drink.

Bedtime

Prepare a hot water bottle and put it in the bed before you turn in. Then the bed will be warm when you get in.

Energy supplier

Contact your energy supplier to find out about Social Tariffs or Priority Register Schemes you may be eligible for.

For more information