Baby, it’s warm inside …….thanks to the Warmth for Wellbeing Service


It’s December, and that means short days and cold nights and as the wind rises and the rain lashes at the window we simply turn up the thermostat and haul out the winter tog duvets.

Age UK say the ideal temperature is 64°F (18°C) for your bedroom and 70°F (21°C) for your living room. Remaining warm both inside and outside your home and eating and drinking well can help reduce the risk of serious health problems whatever your age. The current Public Health recommendations are to stay at a comfortable temperature of 18°C or above.

As we get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for our health. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

But what do you do if you or your family are poorly and worried about the cost of heating or if your boiler is older than or as old as you are?   Continue reading

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Ladies – and gentlemen – in red…

wad2016-animated-gif-enLeeds City Council staff are being invited to ‘Wear Red at Work’ on Thursday 1st December 2016. And that’s an offer being shared with everyone else too! Jonathan Sharp, who works in the Public Health team, tells us more… Continue reading

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Leeds Winter Friends are here to help


Winter Friend Valerie, from Caring Together and Little London, is preparing to contact members on Keeping Well this Winter.

It’s that time of year again when the nights are long and bad weather kicks in. We cannot be sure what this winter will have in store for us but one thing is guaranteed, cold and damp weather can affect anyone. This makes every day life difficult, can increase cold related illnesses and, for our most vulnerable, be life threatening.  In Leeds on average there are 380 excess winter deaths (December – March) each year suggesting that much more can be done to support those most at risk.

So how can we help?  Find out about Winter Friends, part of Stay Well this Winter Continue reading

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Riding along in my automobile – tips on how to be older, safer drivers


Snow, fog, driving rain, flooding – all dangerous conditions for any driver, experienced or otherwise and yet, likely hazards at this time of year.   For older drivers driving means: being part of the community; being able to visit friends and family, shopping and so keeping their independence.

Thirty years ago, only one in three men and one in 20 women aged over 70 held a driving licence; today, three in four men and one in three women are licensed to drive. In the next twenty years, the number of male drivers over 70 will double, and that of female drivers will treble.

Having driven all their adult lives why should they stop now?  How can they be helped to do this safely?  Continue reading

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A new Age Friendly Charter for Leeds


What’s it like living as an older person in Leeds?  Since March 2016, Time to Shine Age Friendly Campaign Officer Emily Axel has been consulting with older people all over Leeds to gather their thoughts to help shape a new Age Friendly Charter for Leeds.

Leeds joined the World Health Organisation’s Network of Age Friendly cities in August 2014 and is working to make sure that it is a great city to grow old in as one of the Council’s breakthrough projects.  A new Age Friendly Charter has been written to replace the Time of Our Lives Charter which was produced in 2012 by the Ageing Well Board, a partnership of organisations with an interest in older people’s issues.  When this charter was due to be reviewed, the Ageing Well Board asked Leeds Older People’s Forum to work with older people to produce a new one.

Emily tells us more about how the new charter came into being. Continue reading

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More than just a meal – celebrate Meals on Wheels week in Leeds


This week, 7 – 11 November, is National Meals on Wheels week – a chance to celebrate our own Leeds City Council’s Meals on Wheels and take a look at this vital service which not only helps nourish the vulnerable and elderly within our communities with lovely meals but also helps them stay socially independent, and most importantly in their homes for longer.

Did you know the Leeds Meals on Wheels team deliver 350 meals per day, 365 days of the year including Christmas Day. That’s more hot meals in one day then most people have hot dinners in an entire year.  And with this recent cold snap vitally important in helping older people stay well this winter. Continue reading

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Plan to Change – helping people help themselves – experts by experience

How do you design and test a system that can empower people with multiple and complex needs to help themselves and find the services to help with their recovery?  By using an Asset Based Community Development approach to engage and mobilise a group of local residents and improve their own and others’ health and wellbeing.

Liz Bailey, Leeds City Council, Health and Wellbeing Improvement Manager and Kimberley Saggu, Touchstone Community Development Worker talk about the Make a Change day which led to the amazing work being done to close the health inequality gap in Burmantofts/Richmond Hill/ Lincoln Green areas. Continue reading

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