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Winter health, wellbeing, and safety

National lockdown: Stay at home. You must not leave your home unless necessary. Find out what you can and cannot do.

Protecting your home

8 top tips for getting your home winter-ready

How to protect your property from frozen and burst pipes, and what to do if it happens.

In bad weather, you may need to clear snow from your path or driveway.

Protecting your health

Get advice from the NHS about looking after yourself during the winter.

It's very important to stay warm during the winter. Read advice on keeping your home warm this winter.

Cleveland Fire Brigade's free Stay Safe and Warm scheme offers access to borrow heaters and other equipment for those struggling to stay warm in their home.

Visit the Met Office Website for a detailed, up to date weather forecast so you know when bad weather is predicted.

Help for older people

Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency works with older and vulnerable people to make their homes safer.

Ageing Better Middlesbrough's Warm and Well Winter Support Project will deliver care packages (including fleeces, blankets, hats and gloves, and activity packs) to your door. They can also give you practical advice about staying warm and well, including support with central heating and boiler servicing, and call you regularly to check how you're doing.

Age UK has advice on looking after your health and wellbeing in the winter, including staying healthy, managing your money, and looking after your mental health.

Independent Age (0800 319 6789) and Silverline (0800 4 70 80 90) offer free, confidential advice and friendship over the phone

Financial support

We know that this year has been very hard because of coronavirus, and lots of people might be struggling with money. Debt Advice FoundationNational Debtline, and PayPlan can all offer advice if you're in debt. If you're worried about having enough money to last through the winter, the Money Advice Service has a budget planner to help you manage your money.

Citizens Advice has advice about what to do if you're struggling to pay your energy bills. Some companies offer grants to customers who are having financial trouble. 

You may be able to get the Test and Trace Support Payment if you have to self-isolate because of coronavirus and you cannot work.

Based on your income and whether you're getting certain benefits, you might be eligible for financial support over the winter:

Winter driving and transport

Halfords offers a free 5-point safety check for your car. You can upgrade to a 10-point safety check for extra reassurance.

The RAC has tips on driving safely and keeping your car moving in the winter.

View the essential items for your winter breakdown kit.

The Met Office has useful advice on travelling during the winter, including dealing with bad weather (storms, snow, strong winds, fog), cycling, and using public transport.

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