Keep Warm and Well This Winter

Now winter is upon us make sure you are prepared for the cold weather by following our 10 steps to keep warm and well:
1. Keep Your Home Warm – your main living room should 18-21°C, and the rest of the house at least 16°C.

2. Save money on you energy bills – replace old light bulbs with energy saving ones, don’t leave appliances on standby and have a shower instead of a bath.

3. Wear the right clothes – several thin layers, a hat, a scarf, a good winter coat with a hood, and shoes with good grips are all essential winter wear!

4. Eat well to stay warm and healthy – a balanced diet will help you keep warm, boost your immune system, fight off colds and make you feel more energetic.

5. Keep moving – try not to sit still for more than 1 hour at a time. Get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day.

6. Get a free seasonal flu jab – flu is much more serious than a cold; it often leads to a hospital stay and can be fatal. Contact your GP to make an appointment.

7. Look out for your neighbours – check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may not be able to get out and about.

8. Be prepared – make sure you have enough of your prescription medicines in case you can’t get out in bad weather.

9. See your GP or Pharmacist as soon as you feel unwell – if you can’t wait to see the doctor, you can get advice and free treatment for minor health conditions from your local pharmacist.

10. Take care when going outdoors – icy pavements and roads can be very slippery so take extra care if you go out. Check the forecast with The Met Office or call 0870 900 0100.

If you need help to keep your home warm this winter contact Dudley’s Winter Warmth Hub on 01384 815117. They can offer free, practical, hands-on support and expert advice including help with accessing benefits, switching to the cheapest energy tariff, energy efficiency advice, small scale home improvements and emergency measures such as free heaters, blankets and hot water bottles.

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Neighbours News is a non-profit voluntary organisation, formally constitued as a group since September 1999 on the Castle & Priory Ward in Dudley. We produce community newsletters for residents. As of 2004, we have expanded to other areas (most of which are in high deprivation). We want to get a community newsletter for Brierley Hill circulating, because there is interest, however we need to find any potential funders and anyone who might be interested in sponsoring an edition. High Arcal School in Sedgley has sponsored an edition of the Oval & Tudor News in Upper Gornal, for example. We remove the official language and put it in plain English for people to understand, keeping them informed about local issues, training and job opportunities, developments, town centre events, etc. Our local distribution is carried out by community groups and the print group we use trains people with learning difficulties. We are based on the Pensnett Trading Estate, having relocated offices, due to the demolition work being done on North Priory, where our former premises were in Pine Road.

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