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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

Older People Urged To Access Winter Help To Stay Warm


With temperatures set to plummet this weekend and the Met Office issuing a weather warning for snow, local charity Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland has issued an urgent call for older people to access the support and services to help keep them warm and well this winter.


New research for Age UK reveals that 60% of over 60s with a household income of £20k or less have recently cut back on heating or powering their homes in order to make ends meet. With annual household bills set to continue to increase in the new year, this will have a catastrophic effect on mental and physical health, particularly for older and vulnerable households. Staying warm and well this winter is of utmost importance as lower temperatures increase the risk of flu and other breathing problems and can raise your blood pressure which puts you at risk of a heart attack.


The days may be sunny but the reality is it’s cold and people should take necessary precautions to stay well including wearing several layers of clothing, covering any drafts in the home, staying active and eating and drinking well.


Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland has already seen a steep rise in calls, with many expressing their fears and concerns about the rising energy prices and making the tough of prioritising heating or eating. As demand increases, they want people of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland to know they are here to listen, to give expert advice and to provide support whenever they, their family or someone they know needs it.


Tony Donovan, Executive Director at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland said: “As we head into the winter months, the demand for our services rises and we expect that to be even more so this winter particularly due to the ongoing energy price increases where people are struggling to pay their bills or are fearful of turning on the heating at all. Winter can be hard and we want to encourage anyone who may be struggling to reach out and not be afraid to ask for help.”


Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland can support with

  • A free home energy assessment to help reduce energy bills.

  • Identifying benefits entitlements to maximise income

  • Providing a warm space to connect with others and enjoy a cuppa

  • Companionship for those feeling lonely or isolated

If you’re unsure of the support you or looking for or simply just need some information and advice, please contact Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland’s Advice Line on 0116 299 2278 (9am - 1pm Monday – Thursday). For more information, please visit www.ageukleics.org.uk


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