Keeping warm is the key to staying well during the winter months, and there is a whole network of community organisations willing to help those in need.
This year’s Keep Warm, Stay Well campaign was launched on Monday, with some useful tips for the elderly and homes with children, including wearing lots of thin layers, having plenty of hot food and drinks, and moving around at least once an hour to stay warm.
It is also suggested that draught-proofing and insulation should be checked to keep heat within your home, and heating systems should be serviced regularly.
Those eligible are also advised to ask their GP or pharmacist about getting the seasonal flu jab to protect against the illness as the colder weather approaches.
HertsHelp, which can point those needing safety and even financial help advice to the right organisation, is now open to take phone calls from 8am to 6pm, every day except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Call 0300 123 4044 for support and guidance on keeping warm and staying well. The network of support groups can also give advice on benefits and grants that you may be able to claim at this time of year.