EALING Council is offering residents advice on how to keep themselves and elderly or vulnerable neighbours warm during very cold weather.

With more cold expected, people are being asked to be good neighbours and check regularly on anyone who might be at risk over the winter.

A range of practical and financial help and advice is available on the Ealing Council website, including contact details for organisations that can help with grants for home insulation and who to call about arranging reduced tariffs and special payment options for those struggling to pay their fuel bills.

There is also simple advice on how to heat homes efficiently and cut energy bills by doing things such as closing curtains at night, putting foil behind radiators and having a shower instead of a bath. 

Ealing Council’s Handyperson Service can also assist vulnerable residents whose heating has failed with the loan of a heater or help with repairs.

Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or those with a serious illness and staying warm over winter can help prevent colds, flu and more serious illnesses such as pneumonia.
 
Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for Health and Adult Services said: “Periods of very cold weather can be difficult for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for older people and those on low incomes – especially if they have young children.

“I encourage anyone who can, to take the time and knock on the door of any elderly or vulnerable neighbours to make sure they are all right and, if needed, help them to get assistance.”

Go to www.ealing.gov.uk/coldweather for advice and help on keeping warm and well over winter. Ealing’s Handyperson Service can be contacted on 020 8825 6070.