As the dark nights draw in and temperatures start to fall, advice and support on keeping warm is being made available to Knowsley residents.
Information on how to keep yourself and your home warm, health advice and useful contacts are all detailed in a new handy guide – Be Prepared for Winter – from Knowsley Council.
People are asked to check regularly on elderly neighbours and relatives, or anyone who might be at risk over the winter, and help them to get the advice and support they need.
Over 65s and pregnant women are eligible for the free flu jab and pneumonia while the new shingles jab is for people aged 70 and aged 79 years only - further age groups will be introduced over the coming months.
People are reminded their local pharmacy or chemist should be the first point of contact for advice for anyone who’s got a cough, cold or other common winter health problem.
The council’s energy officer can provide tailored advice on the effective use of heating, boilers, repairs and in some cases financial assistance to help keep your home warmer.
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said: “When the clocks turn back at the end of the month it’s really going to start feeling like winter with long, dark nights and colder weather.
“It’s a time of year which can be difficult for everyone and particularly the elderly and those on low incomes. It’s really important people know there’s support and advice available to help keep them warm and well at this time of year.
“I would encourage anyone who can to take the time to check on elderly neighbours and relatives to make sure they are okay and if necessary assist them to get the help they need.”
For advice on cutting your fuel bills, call the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151.