Spread the Warmth is Age Cymru's campaign to prevent thousands of older people suffering needlessly this winter, to reduce the number of preventable winter deaths among people in later life, and to make this time of year better for those who may have otherwise nowhere to turn.
Each year in Wales, even when the weather is not as bad as the last three winters, an additional eight older people die every day during the winter months from preventable causes – and these deaths are down to the adverse effects of cold weather.
Winter can be especially hard for many older people. Our Spread the Warmth campaign aims to tackle the problems that winter brings and make it easier for thousands of older people in need to manage during the colder months.
Some older people find it difficult to pay their heating bills and keep their homes warm enough. We know that thousands live in just one room to keep warm and make difficult choices between heating and eating. We believe this must change.
But Spread the Warmth is about more than helping with fuel bills and warm clothes. We all struggle to get out and about when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and it can be particularly difficult for people who are disabled, in poor health or lonely. Many older people become isolated and more vulnerable.
We want to make winter better for older people – those who may otherwise have nowhere to turn. Working with our partners, we’re also delivering practical services like home visits, befriending and information and advice. We will reach thousands of people in Wales this winter who desperately need our help to keep warm, healthy and in touch with others.
How you can get involved in Spread the Warmth
Together, we can help people in later life feel warm, healthy and in touch with others this winter.
You can get involved and spread the warmth in a number of different ways.
Download our Winter wrapped up guide to help you and people you know get their home ready for winter. You can download the guides below.