- Get winter ready
Get winter ready
We’ve shared some helpful resources to help you look after yourself and your family.
There are a few things you can do to look after yourself...
Heat your home
With costs high you may be avoiding turning your heating on. But heating your home is important for both your health and the health of your home.
Look after your boiler and as it gets colder, keep your home at a set temperature between 18-21°c. And check if you are eligible for extra financial support to help with heating costs.
Save energy where you can
Manage the condensation in your home
Often damp in your home can be due to condensation. Luckily there are some simple steps you can take to ensure condensation doesn't become a problem. How to prevent condensation and damp.
Sometimes damp is caused by something we need to fix. If that sounds like you, then report your damp and mould online.
Be prepared for ice and snow
Cold snaps can lead to icy conditions for you, and damage to your home. Keep yourself and your home in good shape with our Winter weather tips.
Keep on top of your budget
We know the cost of living crisis is making things difficult. Read our budgeting for beginners guide. Remember you can contact our financial inclusion team for free, one to one support, if you're struggling to pay your bills. Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a referral.
Consider having lights on a timer, set an alarm if you have one and make sure all doors and windows are locked.
See if you are eligible to be on the Ofgem Priority Services Register. This tells your energy supplier if you need extra support for planned power cuts or emergencies.
Looking after your own mental health and wellbeing is important too. The NHS has some really great advice, like this five steps to mental wellbeing.
Check if you’re entitled to a flu vaccination or Covid booster with your doctor and take advantage of it if you can. It’s also worth stocking up on any medications you need as flu and colds are more likely in winter.
With winter just around the corner, it’s really important to keep warm which will in turn help you stay safe.
Lesley | Home Group nurse, Physical Health Lead