Age UK L&S wins Energy Impact Award
Our Warm & Well in Winter project has been awarded a £5k grant by National Energy Action (NEA) & British Gas to allow our Handyperson team to reach even more vulnerable older people to keep their homes warm this winter!
All through the year, whether it be Winter or Summer, older people are more vulnerable due to the extreme weather changes. At Age UK Lewisham and Southwark we develop actions and work with the community throughout the year to ensure that the most vulnerable are looked after and supported before they reach crisis point.
Our Weathering Well Programme looks to address health inequalities amongst older people through both Winter and Summer months and offer the following two projects to tackle the challenges of both seasons.
Warm and Well in Winter
Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes - that's 200 deaths a day that could be prevented.
For Southwark Residents - Warm and Well in Winter 2020/21
Following the success of the Warm & Well in Winter programme over the last three years, Age UK Lewisham and Southwark is pleased to continue to offer this programme in partnership with Southwark CCG for Southwark residents this Winter 2020/21. The project aims to help older people keep warm and well throughout the winter in a number of ways. During the Warm & Well in Winter project we will be providing the following services in Southwark:
- We provide free information and advice to ease financial worries, and help older people to feel warm and well
- Our handypeople provide help with practical tasks around the home
- We provide Winter Warmer packs which include a guide book with practical tips on how to stay warm
- We make onward referrals to relevant organisations such as energy saving services to support those affected by fuel poverty, providing practical support to help retain heat in the home.
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark's Tips for Keeping Warm and Well
- Stay warm in your home. By setting your heating to the right temperature (18–21°C or 64–70°F), you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible. Wear plenty of thin layers, rather than one thick one. Wear bed socks, thermal underwear and a nightcap or headscarf at night.
- Energy to stay warm is expensive, therefore make sure you are on the right tariff for you (call your energy supplier to discuss tariffs, or check an accredited price comparison website); that you cover up cracks and gaps in your home (e.g. under doors, around windows etc.) and that your boiler is up to date.
- Get financial support. There are grants, benefits and advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and help to reduce your fuel bills. It is worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to.
- Eat well and drink regularly. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm so try to make sure that you have hot meals regularly throughout the day. Drinking hot drinks can help with staying warm and drinking water regularly with help your body stay healthy. A thermos mug will keep hot drinks warm for longer. Keep a flask of your favourite hot drink or soup near your bed to drink when you wake up.
- Look after yourself. Keep active. Move around in the home at regular intervals if you can, or do a few exercises in a chair if you can’t. This keeps the blood circulating. Avoid sitting still for more than an hour. Spread activity throughout the day; avoid doing everything in the morning and then sitting down all afternoon. Staying active keeps the circulation going and helps you keep warm. When sitting down keep a blanket handy and put your feet up as the air is cooler at floor level.
- On cold days try to avoid going outside; however, if you do need to remember to wrap up warm, put on a coat, hat, scarf, gloves and warm shoes or boots when you go outside. Wearing layered clothing or thermal underwear under clothing will trap warm air.
- Get a flu jab. You can get a free jab from your doctor (GP) and pharmacists to protect against seasonal flu if you are over 65 or have a long-term health condition. If you have a cold or flu it is better to stay in bed and rest. Remember to drink plenty of fluids.
- If you take any prescribed medications make sure that you have enough to last you should you not be able to get out of the house in the event of ice or snow. Your local pharmacist may do home deliveries of medication.
- Stock up on tins of soup and other foods that you like to eat. Frozen vegetables are as good as fresh ones. Tinned fruit in natural juice is healthy too. By eating a range of foods including fruit and vegetables you will get plenty of nutrients and vitamins.
- Check that your friends and family have your correct phone number, especially if you have recently changed your mobile number. Agree who you will call in the event you need someone to get some shopping for you or top up your prepay card.
If you would like general advice on how to stay well in the warmer months please download Age UK's Saying Cool Advice leaflet.