Advice line set up for Solihull residents to stay warm in winter - The Solihull Observer

Advice line set up for Solihull residents to stay warm in winter

Solihull Editorial 1st Nov, 2019   0

AGE UK and Solihull Council have set up a scheme to help people stay warm this winter.

They have set up a helpline to give advice on home heating through the winter.

The agencies have said the service is not just for elderly or unwell residents, it will give advice to anyone who needs help staying warm this winter.

The helpline, 0121 704 8080, is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, offering help with issues such as:

* Providing emergency heaters if your heating breaks down

* Receiving a ‘Safe and Well’ visit from West Midlands Fire Service

* Making a ‘Warm Home Discount’ application and joining the ‘Priority Services Register’

* Finding a tradesperson for emergency repairs

* Practical help on making your home warmer this winter

* Advice on finding a cheaper energy provider

* Benefits and debt advice.

Lucy Garratt, Director of Services at Age UK Solihull, said: “Cold weather can be dangerous for some residents of the borough. Older people and residents with respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses are particularly at risk during the colder months and therefore it is essential that people call the helpline if they are having any difficulty in staying warm.”

Age UK provided tips on keeping warm this winter:

* Keep your main living area at 21°C and other rooms at 18°C

* Have at least one hot meal and hot drinks throughout the day

* Layer up – many layers of clothing are best

* Keep the heating on overnight

* Have your gas appliances and boiler serviced

* Keep doors and windows closed

* Move about as much as possible when you are indoors

It adds that anyone aged 65 years and over, as well as anyone with a long term condition such as asthma, can receive a free flu vaccination as they are more vulnerable and may suffer more than most people if they catch flu. Anyone in these groups is urged to visit their GP or local pharmacy to have a free flu vaccination.

Age UK is also providing local community advice hubs at Chelmsley Wood Library and The Core.

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