Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

Find out who’s most at risk from cold weather and where to get advice if you feel unwell.

There are a number of things you can do to help including getting your winter vaccinations and using the NHS 111 service first for any urgent medical need.

The below links take you to the relevant advice and information to support you during the winter.


Help with heating costs

You may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home. Grants available include the GOV.UK Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.

For more information on how to reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient, go to GOV.UK Find ways to save energy in your home, or call the government helpline on 0800 444 202.

You can also find out about benefits and financial support if you're on a low income at GOV.UK.

This year, councils across the Black Country are offering practical help, support, information and advice to keep people protected over the cold winter months.

Find out what support is available in your area:

Washing your hands

Regular hand washing with soap and water remains an essential part of good hygiene and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other winter illnesses such as colds, flu and stomach bugs.

Hands should be washed with warm water and liquid soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying them thoroughly. If soap and water are not available, people should use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

To help raise awareness, we've created a fun and interactive sing-along video to demonstrate how to clean your hands.

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