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29th Nov, 2021

Keeping warm this winter is the aim of Age UK Solihull campaign

Sarah Mason 2nd Nov, 2021

STAY WARM and well this winter – that’s the message Age UK and Solihull Council are sending out to residents across the borough this winter.

The annual Winter Warmth campaign, which is co-ordinated by Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull, has been launched to help people stay warm and well this winter.

Residents can call the Solihull Winter Warmth Helpline for advice, tips and practical help on keeping warm and making their home more energy efficient.

The service is not just for elderly or unwell residents; it is for anyone who needs help staying warm this winter.

The helpline can give information on emergency heaters, making a warm home discount application and practical help on making homes warmer this winter.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, Solihull Council’s deputy leader and chair of Solihull’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: ““The Winter Warmth campaign provides support to help keep people safe and warm who are most at risk during the cold winter months.

“Please look out for anyone that may need support from this campaign and ring the helpline for advice.

“To stay well this winter please get your Covid-19 vaccine and accept your booster and flu jab when offered.

“More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“These free vaccinations are the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from these viruses.”

Lucy Garratt, director of services at Age UK Solihull, said: “Cold weather can be dangerous for some residents.

“Older people and residents with breathing or cardiovascular illnesses are particularly at risk and therefore it is essential that people call the helpline if they are having any difficulty staying warm.”

For more information visit the Age UK Solihull website or call the council’s helpline on 0121 704 8080, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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