Oxfordshire has received money from the Department of Health to help residents keep warm and well this winter.
A wide range of organisations have come together to provide additional help for people susceptible to fuel poverty in the Oxfordshire area. The project will provide practical refurbishments for households vulnerable to the cold (over 60s and other vulnerable groups) and carry out additional benefit entitlement checks.
In addition, up to 250 households will be given free membership to an oil bulk-buying scheme and fuel vouchers and food boxes will be provided to those who need them.
They have developed five top tips to help you keep warm and well during cold weather:
Keep the heat in your home: Insulating your home helps to keep the heat where you want it, and ensures your money goes as far as possible. Ensure your heating is set for the right time.
Get financial support: There is financial help, grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient. Financial support is available subject to meeting eligibility criteria and funding being available.
Eat well and keep moving: Food is a vital source of energy, so try to ensure you have hot meals and drinks regularly. Keeping active will generate body heat, helping to keep you warm.
Get a flu jab: Available for free from your GP to protect yourself against seasonal flu if you are over 65, have a long-term health condition, or are pregnant.
Look after yourself and others: On cold days, try to avoid going outdoors; but when you need to, remember to wrap up warmly. If you have older friends, neighbours or relatives, look out for them during the winter to make sure they are safe and well.
Pass on our advice line number so that as many people as possible can benefit from this project.
If you are interested in finding out more about Warm Homes Healthy People, including eligibility criteria, or would like help and advice on keeping warm and well during cold weather, please call 0800 107 0044.