Cornwall’s Winter Wellbeing guide launches for its eighth year

As the weather turns colder Cornwall residents are being reminded of ways to keep warm and well with the launch of the 2018-19 Winter Wellbeing guide on Monday 3 December 2018.

The practical guide gives information on insulation, heating, saving money on energy by switching, help for those with a health condition who can’t afford to heat homes and support to help people into employment.

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Over 30 partners are joining forces with Cornwall Council to launch the eighth year of the campaign, which will run through to 31 March 2019.

Being able to heat a home is not just about keeping warm, but about all the benefits associated, such as:

  • keeping away mould which can make illnesses such as asthma worse
  • helping people to concentrate on staying in work or applying for work
  • reducing energy costs and debts to then reduce stress levels and improve mental wellbeing

Over 350 people have already had new heating installed through the Warm and Well scheme, funded by Warm Homes Fund, social housing and SSE.

Steve Brown, Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly said “Keeping warm is vital to staying healthy, particularly for those who are more vulnerable to the cold such as the elderly and people with a long-term health condition. One of our top priorities is to prevent illness and deaths from the cold weather.”

Chair of Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Adam Paynter added: “Winter Wellbeing has given help to those who need it for the last 7 years, helping to keep communities healthy in winter. This programme shows partnership working at its best and I am very proud of the success they have achieved.”

Dr Tim Jones from Community Energy Plus, the Cornish energy charity which hosts Winter Wellbeing’s Freephone advice line, said: “Rising energy prices are a serious concern to many householders in Cornwall but people living in cold homes shouldn’t suffer in silence. Advice and practical help from a large network of local organisations is just a phone call away to help Cornish householders take action to enjoy warmer homes and lower energy bills this winter.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Staying warm, together with trying to eat well and taking some exercise when we can, helps us all to stay healthy and active for as long as possible.”

The Winter Wellbeing guides also provide helpful information on what to do in an emergency such as flooding or snow, how to drive safely, keeping well by stocking up on medicines, as well as how to get financial help.

In 2017 the service supported 1,669 customers, of these:

  • 42 people benefitted from new central heating
  • 838 people received energy advice
  • 179 people got help from the ‘Warm and Well’ fund

The guides are available as printed copies at Council One Stop Shops, GP/health centres, hospitals, children’s centres, Job Centres or are available on our Winter Wellbeing webpage.

Story posted 3 December 2018