Beat the Chill 2011

15.12.2011

We are now in the final week of this year’s Beat the Chill campaign which sees Plus Dane staff visiting over 500 of our elderly and most vulnerable tenants to make sure they are prepared for the coming winter months.

We are now in the final week of this year’s Beat the Chill campaign which sees Plus Dane staff visiting over 500 of our elderly and most vulnerable tenants to make sure they are prepared for the coming winter months.

This the fourth year we have ran our Beat the Chill campaign and we hope to build on the success of previous years. 

For those tenants who will receive a visit, staff will be asking several questions and checking that heating systems are fully working. Tenants will also be asked if they would like a member of staff to contact them about getting a better deal on their energy supplier.  Staff will also be bringing a small gift for those tenants that are visited.

Experts say many elderly and other vulnerable people struggle to cope in the winter, but by making some simple choices the risks they face can be massivley reduced.

By shopping around for the best energy tariff money can be saved on fuel bills.  There may also be benefits you can claim to help you through the winter months.

The best advice, however is to eat healthily, have lots of hot drinks, keep the temperature in your home to around 21c, set your heating to turn on before you normally wake up, wear warm clothes - plenty of layers is best - and stay active, moving around at least once an hour.

If you are over 65, it is advisable to get a flu vaccination, which is available free of charge in your local GP surgery. For further advice and information on how to get ready for the winter, click here.

If Plus Dane can help you in any way, please contact us in the usual way.

As part of Beat the Chill, various events during the coming months in both Merseyside and Cheshire are taking place.  View the activity calendars for Merseyside and Cheshire for details of events being held in your area.