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Stay at Home

Stay at home

We know that people over 60 can be badly affected by the virus. It can make you very poorly, need hospital care and even cause death. This is, of course, very worrying. It also has implications for our NHS. It leads to pressure on our services and creates a rising demand for intensive care beds. We need to act now, to prevent this situation becoming any worse.

How can you help?  How can you protect yourself and others?  Please follow national restrictions during the lockdown period and then any new guidance from 2nd December. You should also keep your distance, wash your hands regularly and wear face coverings where needed. These measures are our best defence against the virus. We know it can be hard, keeping a distance from others, avoiding travelling to places, not meeting up with friends or family. But the virus spreads when we mix and have contact and don’t stay apart. Stay local, don’t visit areas with higher levels of restrictions. If we can stay local, stop visiting areas with greater numbers of infections, we can protect ourselves and others.

Please ensure you self-isolate as soon as you have a symptom of Covid-19. The symptoms to look out for are;

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of these, no matter how mild your symptoms, please self-isolate immediately and book a test. You can do this online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

With a second national lockdown in place, the County Council’s Here2Help service is on hand to help residents who require extra support.

A phone number has been set up to help fill out the form for those who can’t access the internet. The dedicated number is: 01905 768053 and is open Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 5:00pm and Friday 9:00 – 4:30pm.

Guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated to include additional measures to keep this group safe during lockdown. This information is available on the Here2Help shielding advice page on the county council’s website. The Government is encouraging people in this group to register for support on the national website where they, for example, can get access to priority supermarket deliveries.

For more information, please visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

Heat for Health (H4H)

What is the Heat4Health Project?

Heat4Health is a new project team, within Act on Energy, a charity who, for many years, have been delivering energy efficiency support on behalf of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry local authorities.

Please visit our website www.actonenergy.org.uk

Our project aims to help those residents with long-term health conditions and disabilities where their illnesses are exacerbated by a cold home to achieve a healthier lifestyle. We offer support to individuals to achieve affordable warmth by improving energy efficiency, providing energy advice and where possible reducing fuel bills and accessing grants. For example, a patient frequently attending a GP practice for respiratory or mobility illnesses may be living in a hard to heat, cold, damp home or can’t afford to put the heating on or they may be in need of help with energy supplier problems which is causing them much anxiety.

What support do we give?

As Act on Energy, we provide the following free support, open to anyone:

  • an easy 2-step referral route
  • Home Energy Assessment/via telephone or Zoom/Teams, to assess and discuss individual residents’ needs
  • Free low-cost energy installs (low-cost energy efficient light bulbs, draught proofing etc)
  • Individual support throughout the process
  • help with COVID consequences on fuel poverty (higher energy bills, reduced servicing of boilers, energy supplier, potential second wave in winter months, loss of smell so unable to detectgas heaters etc)
  • help with creating an affordable warm home including addressing energy costs, fuel debt, etc.

Working with local professionals

We work with local professionals to help ensure individuals have access to information and support services. We hope you will work with us by referring residents who are most likely to benefit from support to us. We would also really appreciate your help to raise awareness of the support available, for example:

  • Social media posts to use on your Facebook page
  • E-newsletter advert for use internally and externally
  • Leaflet distribution to residents / professionals to provide information about Act on Energy
  • Invite us to present interactive training/presentation e.g. Fuel Poverty and Health) via Teams/Zoom for frontline staff to aid them in looking out for those in need before crisis
  • Invite us to attend events, when appropriate.

Making a referral

Act on Energy receives referrals from individual residents and professionals.

To make a referral you can do any of the following:

  • Complete a short, easy, online Enquiry Form hwww.actonenergy.org.uk/contact-us/
  • Contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881
  • Email advice@actonenergy.org.uk
  • Contact your local Community Outreach Worker by telephone or text:
    • Amanda               07458 306300                     North Worcestershire & Solihull
    • Alvynne               07458 306298                     South Warwickshire & South Worcestershire
    • (tbc)                      07458 306

What is the Heat4Health Project?

Heat4Health is a new project team, within Act on Energy, a charity who, for many years, have been delivering energy efficiency support on behalf of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry local authorities.

Please visit our website  www.actonenergy.org.uk

Our project aims to help those residents with long-term health conditions and disabilities where their illnesses are exacerbated by a cold home to achieve a healthier lifestyle. We offer support to individuals to achieve affordable warmth by improving energy efficiency, providing energy advice and where possible reducing fuel bills and accessing grants. For example, a patient frequently attending a GP practice for respiratory or mobility illnesses may be living in a hard to heat, cold, damp home or can’t afford to put the heating on or they may be in need of help with energy supplier problems which is causing them much anxiety.

What support do we give?

As Act on Energy, we provide the following free support, open to anyone:

  • an easy 2-step referral route
  • Home Energy Assessment/via telephone or Zoom/Teams, to assess and discuss individual residents’ needs
  • Free low-cost energy installs (low-cost energy efficient light bulbs, draught proofing etc)
  • Individual support throughout the process
  • help with COVID consequences on fuel poverty (higher energy bills, reduced servicing of boilers, energy supplier, potential second wave in winter months, loss of smell so unable to detectgas heaters etc)
  • help with creating an affordable warm home including addressing energy costs, fuel debt, etc.

Working with local professionals

We work with local professionals to help ensure individuals have access to information and support services. We hope you will work with us by referring residents who are most likely to benefit from support to us. We would also really appreciate your help to raise awareness of the support available, for example:

  • Social media posts to use on your Facebook page
  • E-newsletter advert for use internally and externally
  • Leaflet distribution to residents / professionals to provide information about Act on Energy
  • Invite us to present interactive training/presentation e.g. Fuel Poverty and Health) via Teams/Zoom for frontline staff to aid them in looking out for those in need before crisis
  • Invite us to attend events, when appropriate.

Making a referral

Act on Energy receives referrals from individual residents and professionals.

To make a referral you can do any of the following:

  • Complete a short, easy, online Enquiry Form www.actonenergy.org.uk/contact-us/
  • Contact Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881
  • Email advice@actonenergy.org.uk
  • Contact your local Community Outreach Worker by telephone or text:
    • Amanda               07458 306300                     North Worcestershire & Solihull
    • Alvynne               07458 306298                     South Warwickshire & South Worcestershire
    • (tbc)                      07458 306299                     North Warwickshire & Coventry

Our COVID Fuel Voucher scheme has been extended until 15th Dec. 2020.

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