RAY's winter tips

Over the coming weeks we'll be tweeting some quick #wintertips that you can try yourself, or pass on to others.
Rural Action Yorkshire runs several projects and iniatives aimed at helping communities to address the needs of their more vulnerable residents.

This includes:

Winter Weather Agents: could your village set up a local scheme which helps residents in bad weather?

Community Hubs: what services could you offer vulnerable, isolated, or older people?

Touchstones: could local volunteers pass on simple skills such as basic car checks, or easy soup recipes?


Here are some of our tweets so far.  Tweet your ideas using #wintertips

  • Dress for the weather, wear lots of thin layers, clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help maintain body heat.
  • Eat well – have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day to maintain body heat.
  • Stay active and keep moving, any activity will help to keep you warm, even if it’s just wiggling fingers and toes.
  • Keep warm by setting your heating to the right temperature (18-21C or 65-70F) you can keep- your home warm and bills as low as possible.


  • If you haven’t switched energy supplier before then consider doing it – you will be surprised how much money you could save.
  • Insulate and draught proof your home, insulating lofts and walls where possible will reduce you energy needs and save money.
  • Seek advice if you are having difficulty paying your energy bills and/or are in debt with your supplier.  Energy suppliers should agree an affordable repayment plan with you
  • Register for priority services if you are a household with special needs – pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick or hearing and/or visually impaired. Services may include talking fuel bills, special controls and adaptors.


  • Is your car ready for winter? Prepare for cold weather. Remember FLOWER-Fuel, Lights, Oil, Water, Electrics and Rubber.
  • If you’re on Twitter – are you following your local highways department? Keep up to date in North Yorkshire with @northyorkscc #nygrit @Highways_Agency
  • Do you keep an emergency kit in your car? Here’s what @NYorksPolice suggest as well as some driving tips: http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/winterdriving


Other useful resources: visit our Fuel Poverty pages or visit the South Yorkshire Fire Service's website.