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Keep well this winter

With colder, wetter weather approaching, residents in Tower Hamlets are being given advice on how to stay safe and well over the winter months.

This year, with Covid-19 in circulation, it’s more important than ever to keep yourself and those around you safe.

By preparing for the winter season people can help prevent illness and reduce strain on vital health services. Here are a few top tips to help stay warm and well:

  • If you are considered vulnerable – over the age of 65, pregnant or have a long-term condition – you are eligible for a free flu jab. This year it's more important than ever to get your flu jab to protect yourself as well as others from the severe complications of flu. You can speak to your GP or pharmacist or book you jab online
  • More information on the flu jab is available on the NHS website
  • Stay active by wrapping up warm and getting outdoors if you can. Go for a walk, cycle, jog or play with your children. Even just moving for 20 minutes a day can make a difference to your overall mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Have hot meals and drinks throughout the day and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – frozen and tinned count too.
  • Keep your home warm by setting your heating to the right temperature (18-21°C)
  • Stock up on basic items including canned and tinned food and medicines for coughs and colds.
  • Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure your appliances are operating properly and they are checked regularly. Read our tips for energy efficiency online

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “It’s really important that we take good care of ourselves and look out for our most vulnerable residents this winter, especially after such a difficult year. As a council we are there to offer support and are working in partnership with local organisations and the many volunteers that have mobilised in response to Covid-19, so please reach out for support if you need it.”

Typically, during the winter months, more people experience social isolation. Alongside those staying at home either due to Covid-19 or because they are more vulnerable to it, social isolation has increased. Fortunately, there are many local services and community organisations in the borough that provide support. More information is available on the council’s website.

If you live near someone who is vulnerable or elderly, it can be worth checking in on them safely to see if they need support with anything. If you are worried that someone may not be coping during the cold weather, you can contact our adult social care team on 0300 303 6070 or find out more online.

If you are concerned about a homeless person during the winter months, please see the ways you can help at  and use the StreetLink website.

For more tips and winter wellness information visit the council website.

Need to speak to someone? The Tower Hamlets Mental Health Crisis Line is free and available 24/7: 0800 073 0003.

Posted on Thursday 3rd December 2020