Heat your Home Well
Ideally the temperature in your home should be 18-21°C. Keep it insulated by having doors and windows closed; use draught excluders and thick curtains;
let the sunlight in during the day and shut up unused rooms.
For more information and advice on how to keep your home warm, see
Affordable Warmth for You on the following website link:
or call 01228 817224.
The free Home Heat Helpline advises people worried about paying their
energy bills and keeping warm during the winter. It also gives advice to low income
households in urgent need of heating help and advice.
Call 0800 33 66 99 or visit
www.homeheathelpline.org.uk for more information.
Eat Well, Keep Active and Look After Yourself
It is advisable to keep active - this will get your circulation going and make you
feel warmer. You should also make sure that you dress warmly - ideally with
several layers of thin clothing. Ensure you have regular hot meals and drinks
to give you warmth and energy.
For information on community meals in Cumbria contact NCI Helpline on
0844 9671885 or by email at email@example.com.
Get Financial Support
If you were born on or before 5 July 1952 you can claim the Winter Fuel
payment. You may be entitled to other benefits and grants. Citizens Advice
can offer advice on benefits, debt, and other issues.
Find contact details for your local Citizens Advice Bureau at:
www.citizensadvice.org.uk or call 03444 111444.
The Winter Warmth Fund through Cumbria Community Foundation helps
older people in Cumbria stay warm and healthy.
You can apply for the fund if you are over 60, live in Cumbria, and receive
• State pension and/or Pension Credit, or
• Struggle to maintain a basic acceptable standard of living during the winter
due to the cost of heating your home and the restrictions of cold weather
The normal grant is £125 or £250 in exceptional circumstances.
If you would like to apply to this fund please contact one of the following:
• Age UK South Lakeland: Dave Thomson 01539 728180
• The Oaklea Trust (Barrow): Rebekah Beavis 01539 735025
For more about the Winter Warmth Fund please contact Annalee Holliday at the Cumbria Community Foundation on 01900 825760 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cumbriafoundation.org
Stay in Touch Through Library Service
The Home Delivery Service is for people who are unable to visit the library
because of mobility problems or ill health and who have no one who can go
to the library on their behalf. Contact your local library.