With the weather taking a definite turn for the worse over the weekend, here are some winter-related news items.

Flu vaccination reminder

In 2019/20, the flu vaccination will be offered to:

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • children aged 2-3 (on 31 August 2019) and all primary school aged children – this is new! 

Make sure you get yours, if you’re eligible, and encourage those around you to get theirs too.


Gritting the County’s roads

Cornwall Council is publishing its gritting schedule, and has unveiled 16 new gritter trucks, making a fleet of 28 vehicles on 24 hour standby to grit when the weather looks icy.

You can read more on the Pirate FM news website, and see the interactive map on the Cornwall Council website.


Winter Wellbeing Guide for 2019

Cornwall Council launched the Winter Wellbeing Guide at the start of October, with the priority messages being “Keep warm, save money by switching energy tariffs, and spare a thought and a little time for your neighbours, especially if they’re elderly, disabled or have a chronic illness”.

The Winter Wellbeing guide, published online and as a useful business card, gives information on heating, insulation, and how to save money on energy by switching companies and checking tariffs.

It also offers information on how people who can’t afford to heat their homes can get extra help.

You can find out more about the Guide on the Cornwall Council website, download it, find where you can get paper copies, and learn about the Warm and Well Cornwall Fund plus other sources of practical or financial support. For more copies please call Cornwall Council Public Health phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk or 01872 323583.

Information and Advice – Please Call 0800 9541956 for advice and information or visit the Winter Wellbeing webpages.

The Guardian has also published an interesting article about dealing with the cold weather, but it’s mostly aimed at able-bodied people (they have collected tips from outdoor workers such as scaffolders, vets, postmen, etc).  The advice is basically wrap up well, keep moving, and think positively!


Free Energy Advice Sessions

Cornwall Rural Community Charity will be running Energy Advice sessions for any community groups or organisations that invite them, for service users direct, or for staff to cascade.

The talks will cover

  • Grants and support
  • How to check, switch and save
  • Emergency help for those in debt or with immediate heating needs

Find out more by contacting sharon.davey@cornwallrcc.org.uk or calling 01872 243535.