29th November 2019 12:15pm by Louise Foster
With cold temperatures approaching, the Live Well Greenwich Stay Warm Stay Safe campaign can make a difference to your life. Stay Warm Stay Safe has been commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and delivered by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) since 2014, giving extra services and support for those who may be at risk during cold weather.
This partnership involves 10 organisations working together and includes information about how to keep warm at home, energy advice, benefits advice, fuel or food bank vouchers and room thermometers. Last year, Andrews Sykes provided over 50 oil-filled electric radiators, especially chosen as a safe and economical source of warmth, to help residents manage in cold conditions.
This campaign runs during the winter months and supports local people to keep warmth in their home.
Being cold in your home can lead to respiratory problems, arthritis pain, heart disease, cause problems sleeping and increase your risk of colds and flu; if your house temperature falls below 16C, the risk of these health problems increases further. Those who are most vulnerable are: people over the age of 65, on a low income who can't afford heating, have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease, are disabled or pregnant, or have young children or a mental health condition.
If you're over 60, care for a vulnerable person or are having trouble paying your fuel bills, Stay Warm Stay Safe could help you.
Call Live Well Greenwich on 0800 470 4831 for support and to speak to a local friendly advisor.