Helping vulnerable residents to stay warm and well this winter

This year’s Keep Warm Stay Well campaign has been launched, and schools are being asked to help reach some of the most vulnerable residents in our community so that they can get help to stay warm and well this winter.

Do you know someone – maybe a parent or grandparent – who might struggle to stay warm in their home this winter?

Or perhaps you have very young children and are struggling to keep your own home warm enough?

Keep Warm, Stay Well is a scheme that offers support to vulnerable residents who are struggling with the cold or with paying their fuel bills. Last year more than 10,000 residents were helped by the scheme.

Hertfordshire County Council is working with all 10 District Councils, the NHS and key voluntary organisations to help those at risk from cold-related illness, such as young children, older people and those with long term health conditions. 

A warm home in the colder months is crucial and can help prevent illnesses. Those with long term health conditions, such as severe asthma or a chest or heart complaint, face the additional risk of having a stroke or heart attack in cold conditions.  

To address this, at risk residents could be offered a range of free support that includes insulation and draught-proofing, emergency heaters and advice on making their home more energy efficient. There’s also advice on paying bills, including entitlement to grants and benefits that could help.

If you know a friend, neighbour or family member who is at risk and may benefit from this scheme, please contact HertsHelp for information and advice on 0300 123 4044 orinfo@hertshelp.net