Keep warm and well this winter

Published: Wednesday 21st November 18

With colder weather on the way, advice and support is available to keep older and vulnerable people warm and safe.

Cold weather can kill, and the council  is urging residents to seek help if they need it, and is asking people  to keep an eye on vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours who may need support.

The Wandsworth and Richmond Assessment point (WRAP) can help with benefits, heating, energy efficiency and more. For eligible residents WRAP may conduct a home visit to see how they can best help you. If you or someone you know is worried about keeping warm this winter call WRAP on 0800 118 23 27, text 07928 394 482 or email

The council also works with the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability to provide support such as advice and winter warmer packs in the case of a cold snap, and with Age UK to provide a handyperson service. If you need their help, you can request it from WRAP.

WRAP helped one local Tooting resident who was worried by her high bills. She had an old, temperamental back boiler and issues with ventilation in her kitchen and bathroom that were causing condensation and mount. WRAP helped her apply for grants that paid for a new efficient boiler, radiators, hearing control and extractor fans. They also gave her LED bulbs, radiator reflector panels and water saving devices to help her spend less on energy.

Wandsworth is supporting the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign which urges people aged over 65 and those with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or respiratory illness, to protect themselves against the cold weather.

Advice includes

  • Keep yourself warm - heat your home to least 18 degrees C or 65F if you can
  • If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious
  • Make sure you get your prescription medicines before pharmacies close on Christmas Eve.
  • Always take your prescribed medicines as directed
  • Get your free flu jab if you are eligible for one
  • Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over winter.

For more advice,  visit the keeping warm in winter webpage.

You can get flu jabs from your doctor or some pharmacies. Flu is not the same as the common cold. It is often more severe, lasts for longer and can result in having to going to hospital. People over the age of 65, even if they are fit and healthy, and those with medical conditions are more vulnerable to the effects of flu.

The jab is free for older people, children, pregnant women, carers and some people with long-term health conditions. Find out more at

The council’s health and adult social care spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said:

“Winter is coming, and this can be a stressful time for people worried about the cost of heating their home. Help is available out that, and we would urge you to contact WRAP if you, or someone you know needs is. WRAP will send someone out to take a look at your situation, arrange help where they can, and put you to other sources of support. “

For more advice, download the council’s Keep Warm, Keep Well leaflet.

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