Keeping Warm & Well in Winter
St.Helens Council and Age UK Mid Mersey don’t want to see anyone struggle in winter. That’s why every year they hold the Winter Warmer Event to offer advice and give out useful packs to the most in-need and vulnerable residents, completely free.
2017 Winter Warmer Dates
The first event is on October 24th at St.Helens Town Hall from 10:30am to 1.30pm. As well as packs being available for collection, there will be information and advice from a range of local services, light refreshments and lunch!
However, don’t worry if you can’t make it as they will be distributing packs throughout November and December between 10:15am – 12:15pm, unless otherwise stated:
• Monday 13th November – Chester Lane
• Tuesday 14th November – Parr
• Thursday 16th November – Rainford
• Friday 17th November – Billinge
• Monday 20th November – Newton le Willows
• Tuesday 21st November 1.30pm-3.30pm – Peter Street
• Thursday 23rd November 1.30pm-3.30pm – Garswood
• Friday 24th November – Eccleston
• Monday 27th November – Haydock
• Wednesday 29th November – Thatto Heath
• Thursday 30th November 1.30pm-3.30pm – Moss Bank
• Friday 1st December – Rainhill
Top Tips to Stay Warm & Well
Older people who may be frail, or who have existing health conditions, are particularly at risk as are younger children.
- Heat your rooms to at least 18°C
- Get your flu vaccination if you’re eligible – it’s free
- Keep an eye on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold
- Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead
- Check whether you meet the criteria and register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers
- Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day, and keep active to help you stay warm
- Get financial support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills
- Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly
- Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles when you go outside
They’re also looking for volunteers. Age UK Mid Mersey and other agencies are recruiting people to offer further assistance to our vulnerable residents in the event of severe weather this winter. If you’re interested in becoming a Cold Weather Volunteer, you should have a reasonable level of fitness as, as well as keeping an eye on people, jobs such as clearing snow from driveways and paths and using salt/grit may be required.
Project partners also want to hear from people who can act as ‘Tele-Befrienders’. This is a great way to keep people, who may be isolated and particularly so when bad weather strikes, in touch and feel safe with regular phone calls. Anyone who wants to help out in any way can register their details by calling the St.Helens Cold Weather Advice Line on Freephone 08000 355 878.