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Winter weather

Available support

Older adults, those with long-term health conditions and households on low incomes are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of winter weather.

This year, these impacts are likely to be exacerbated by the cost of living crisis, with high energy and other living costs meaning that more people than usual will be vulnerable to the health impacts of cold.

The below page is designed to highlight resources useful for people who live with, work with or care for older adults, those with long-term health conditions and people with low incomes.

This page will be updated as more support becomes available but is not exhaustive. If you have suggestions for other resources to include, email PublicHealth@southwark.gov.uk.

Resources

Winter wellness information

Age UK has produced a winter wrapped-up information guide with information on keeping warm, health issues to look out for in winter, and where to get help.

Cost of living support information

The Southwark Cost of Living booklet contains information on support and advice available to Southwark residents.

NHS stay well this winter leaflet

The NHS produced a national stay well this winter leaflet for 2022. It is also available in braille, easy read, large print and BSL formats.

Worrying about money leaflet

Citizens Advice Southwark and its partners have produced a worrying about money leaflet. It is also available in Spanish.

Services/support for older adults and vulnerable residents

Emergency support with food, prescriptions and money

Health and wellbeing support this winter

  • Ageing Well Southwark (a partnership between local voluntary sector organisations and the council) accept referrals for over 60s
    • they can signpost service users to a holistic range of advice and support
    • they operate a helpline to discuss the support available: 0207 525 3324
  • encourage those you work with to visit Southwark Warm Spaces this winter for free activities, hot drinks and snacks in a cosy environment
  • support those you work with to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19; find further information on vaccinations

Keeping your home warm and safe

Financial advice and support

  • you can refer to Citizens Advice Southwark for advice on what benefits people you work with are entitled to, and other generalist advice

Support for those experiencing food insecurity

Page last updated: 23 January 2024

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