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Be Prepared for Winter

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Oxford City Council and Age UK Oxfordshire have joined forces to raise awareness of the affect of winter and how it can impact on every day life.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the sudden extreme weather conditions, especially for people who are already vulnerable or elderly, with disability or illness.  

In the winter of 2008/09 excess winter deaths in Oxfordshire reached over 400. This figure is higher than the rest of the year average, showing that more knowledge of how to prepare for cold weather conditions is greatly needed.

Councillor Gill Sanders, Oxford City Council's Older Person's Champion, is backing the campaign.

She says: "Last year we had a very hard winter which came early and took all us by surprise.

"Many older people found themselves unable to leave their homes to do their shopping because of the treacherous conditions on roads and pavements and wisely stayed at home.

"This year, I hope that we are more prepared for the winter and stock up on essentials to keep us going for a few wintery days.

"I also want to remind people who are more able bodied to be good neighbours and check on the elderly and vulnerable that live in your street during any bad weather.

"You may be able to help them keep safe and warm as well as being able to deliver much needed food to their homes."

Rachelle Kennedy, Age UK Oxfordshire, says: "Winter warmth and safety is such an important issue each year and we are delighted to be working together with Oxford City Council to help raise awareness.

"If we can be more prepared as a county, then we can help reduce the excess winter death figure for future years.

"We hope this campaign not only provides people with useful information and tips, but also instils that vital reminder that we need to look out for those who are vulnerable, as well as ourselves, during these cold months."

A leaflet has been produced by Oxford City Council and Age UK Oxfordshire which will be distributed to community centres, leisure centres and doctor's surgeries.

It provides useful information about what to stock up on during the winter months, how you can keep warm and how to look after your neighbours.

Some suggestions of essentials that you can stock up on include tea/coffee, sugar, long life milk, and frozen meals. Also remember your pet during the winter and buy in extra tins of food.

Be Prepared for Winter information

The winter months are here. Sudden extreme weather conditions can have a dramatic affect on everyday life, especially for people who are already vulnerable or elderly, with a disability or illness.

Be a good neighbour
Remember to check on elderly and vulnerable people in your street during the winter months as they may need your help.

Stock-up
In case of extreme weather conditions, good items to stock up on are: coffee/tea, sugar, dried or long-life milk, bread (can be frozen), butter/margarine, tins of soup, vegetables and fruit, frozen meals, toilet rolls, pet food, torch and batteries, bottled water and light bulbs. Stocking up now could save you later.

Keep warm
Have plenty of hot food and drinks. Wrap up warm when indoors and outside. Only go outdoors or travel when you really need to.

Check your heating
Keep your home warm. Please check that your heating has been serviced and is working properly.

Take care of your health
Have you had your winter flu jab? Please contact your GP for more information.

More help to keep warm this winter

Are you struggling to pay your fuel bill this winter and usure if you are getting all the help that's available?

From Tuesday 24 January 2012 Oxford Citizens Advice Bureau, in partnership with Oxford City Council, will be offering quick checks of benefit entitlement to see if you might be able to claim extra support to help you keep on top of payments.

Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 2pm until 4pm until the end of March in Oxford City Council’s Customer Services Centre in St Aldate's.

For full details visit our News item.

Surviving Winter Oxfordshire Appeal

Surviving Winter Oxfordshire is a local campaign associated with the UK-wide appeal encouraging individuals to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by the cold winter.

All donations made to Surviving Winter Oxfordshire will be targeted directly to help local vulnerable people struggling due to fuel poverty, poor living conditions or social isolation.

For more information, download the form below or visit the Oxfordshire Community Foundation website.

PDF icon Surviving Winter Donation Form (815kB PDF)

For information and advice

Age UK Oxfordshire
T: 0844 887 0005

Oxford City Council
T: 01865 249811

Oxfordshire County Council
T: 01865 792422

Emergency Services
Ambulance, Fire, or Police
999 or 121

Non-emergency
Thames Valley Police T: 101

NHS Direct
T: 0845 4647

Met Office
T: 0870 900 0100

24 hour Floodline Service
T: 0845 9881188
Sign up for flood warnings

Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Network
Free impartial advice, cavity wall and loft insulation, and grants available
T: 0800 107 00 44

Energy Saving Trust
Independent home energy advice
T: 0800 512 012

Department of Health (DH)
T: 020 7210 4850

Directgov

Released on Tuesday 13 December 2011

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