Be safe this winter

With Covid-19 around this winter, extra care must be taken to protect you and your family from both the winter temperature and the virus.

Cold weather can be bad for your health, especially for people aged 65 and older and people with long-term conditions such as heart or kidney disease, COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma or diabetes. 

Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

While it is important to keep a warm home during the winter, please consider ventilating your home for Covid-19 safety, if you are receiving visitors.


Here are things you can do to help you stay healthy over the winter. Please also download and print out our handy checklist which covers:

  • COVID-19
  • Antibiotic awareness
  • Emergency Medication
  • Flu jab eligibility
  • Keeping you warm and your home warm
  • Selecting the correct health or emergency service
  • Winter preparedness checklist

Snowbell Severe weather responder network

Age UK Wakefield District Snowbell service is activated in periods of severe winter weather to support older people and their carers to:

  • Keep safe in their own home
  • Provide links to statutory and emergency services
  • Access reliable local tradespeople

The service is delivered by our single point of contact and triage team and covers the entire Wakefield District

We offer a Snowbell Responder Network based in your neighbourhood provided by Age UK Wakefield District, Carers Wakefield and District and the Live Well Wakefield teams.

Older people or carers can contact Snowbell at our single point of contact 01977 552114. Advisors will source support as needed or allocate a Snowbell Responder visit. Snowbell Responders can pick up emergency shopping for you covering basic food and provisions and deal with any urgent issues. Our Aim is to avoid older people having to risk going out in severe weather or running out of food at home.

All Snowbell Responders have ID badges and security clearance.

We also offer winter information packs to help older people plan in advance for the bad weather covering:

  • Stocking up your cupboards
  • Wearing suitable footwear
  • Topping up credits and payment cards
  • Keeping your home at the right temperature

Information packs are available through single point of contact 01977 552114

Snowbell forms just one element of the wider range of services Age UK Wakefield District provides for older people across the district. Our single point of contact is available weekdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Contact us

Public Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

0345 8 506 506