Helping you with the cost of living and staying well this winter

Published: 28 October 2022

As the days grow shorter, temperatures to soon inevitably plummet and both cases of illness and the cost of living on the rise, it can be a worrying and challenging time for us all.

To help you know where support is available, we have information about initiatives available in our area.

Yesterday (27 October), Hertfordshire County Council, working with local district and borough councils, launched a new directory of public spaces and buildings that everyone is invited to use as warm and welcoming spaces as temperatures drop.

The online directory allows you to find libraries, family centres and community spaces near to you where you can stay safe and warm. Many of these places will also be running activities to meet others, such as stay and play events in family centres for families with young children.

If you live in Hertfordshire, you should soon also get a booklet through your letter box - if not already - which is a guide to staying healthy this winter. Produced by Hertfordshire County Council and us, it has important advice on what you can do to stay well and get the right support when you need it throughout the colder months.

Whilst the booklet has been produced for people living in Hertfordshire, there is advice within it that is relevant for everyone, regardless of where you live. For example, where you can get expert medical help from - like your pharmacist or NHS 111, depending on the circumstance, as well as the importance of getting your COVID and flu jabs if you are eligible. Read the guide online.

Other support available from Hertfordshire County Council is being highlighted through its Here for You this winter campaign. It is shining a light on the services the council delivers, and those it funds other organisations to deliver. 

If you live in Essex, there is lots of information on the Essex County Council website about support available. Keep an eye on its website for more initiatives this winter, which we will endeavor to share in our weekly newsletter. If you live in Epping, there is a staying well event, taking place next Thursday (3 November) - find out more on the Epping Forest District Council website.

In addition to information and support available through the county councils' websites Ofgem has advice on getting help from your supplier if you need support with your energy bills. You can also check your eligibility for the Priority Services Register, which is a free support services to help people in vulnerable situations. If you think a loved one might be suitbale for this, please help them check and get signed up.