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Keep warm and well this winter

If you know someone who is elderly, caring for young children or in poor health and who is worried about their home being cold or damp, let them know about Winter Wellbeing.

The Winter Wellbeing campaign offers advice on how to reduce fuel poverty, raise awareness of the risks of low temperatures and high humidity in homes, and encourage take-up of grants available for insulation and heating.

The project may also be able to help people in need by providing emergency heating and heaters; emergency fuel (coal or electric); keep warm boxes, plus advice and help with fuel bills and dealing with insulation, damp and mould.

What’s on offer:

The Winter Wellbeing Guide is packed with useful advice and information about staying warm, keeping well and being happy and safe this winter. Hard copies are available from Council One Stop Shops, libraries and many other sources, or by calling us on 0800 954 1956.

You can download a poster explaining more about the scheme and the helpline number. Please feel free to share this with contacts in your community who can display this.

You can contact the Community Energy Plus Winter Wellbeing helpline on Freephone 0800 954 1956, or email us at [email protected] for further information and advice.

About the Winter Wellbeing partnership

The project’s partners include:

  • Cornwall Council
  • Council of the Isles of Scilly
  • NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
  • Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum
  • Age UK Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB)
  • Cornwall Community Foundation
  • Cornwall Works
  • Cornwall Rural Community Council
  • Community Energy Plus
  • Handyperson services
  • St Petroc’s
  • Volunteer Cornwall
  • Truro Homeless Action Group
  • Home Improvement Agencies
  • Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Team
  • New Connection

The partnership won over £140,000 of funding from the Department of Health’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund for the campaign which aims to reduce preventable winter deaths and protect some of the most vulnerable people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from the health issues caused by cold weather, and in particular problems from living in a cold home as a consequence of fuel poverty.