Resources

Resources

On this page you can find a range of resources aimed at helping you keep warm and well this winter. You can share these resources with family, friends, and neighbours, and hopefully that means we can keep more homes warm when cold weather strikes.

Click through the image to download the Top Tips for keeping warm and well: 

Leaflets, flyers and toolkits:

We have a range of handy leaflets and flyers which talk about the Warm & Well project. 

Download the Warm & Well project leaflet here - which tells you everything you need to know about our work.

If you are in a hurry, download the A5 flyer here - you can print these and give them out in your community, at work, or at events.

We developed a Winter Weather Toolkit some time ago and this is aimed at helping individuals and communities look out for each other during the winter months. It might mean setting up a snow wardens project or a befriending service in your local town or village. You can download the toolkit free-of-charge here, which will talk you through the various elements of winter weather schemes.

We also developed an Oil-Buying toolkit which is for any groups or communities who are interested in purchasing their oil in-bulk as a cooperative. We can provide advice and support in this area so please do get in touch if you would like to, but you can also download our toolkit free-of-charge here.

There is also lots of information on North Yorkshire County Council's website (www.northyorks.gov.uk), including:

·         Setting up community partnerships

·         Winter health

·         Winter road safety tips

·         Road closures, gritting information and cameras

·         Preparing for emergencies

·         Community emergency plans (guidance and template)

·         Cabinet Office: Community resilience - resources and tools

·         Age UK: Spread the Warmth campaign

·         Winter checks for keeping your house warm: RICS checklist

·         Red Cross: Preparing for winter, Ready for winter quiz

·         Emergency 4x4 response: www.yorkshire4x4response.org/

·         ACRE & Calor: Affordable Warmth Community Guide

For any more advice and support please feel free to contact us at RAY, quoting the Warm & Well project.

Not eligible for support under Warm & Well but still interested in improving your winter health or home?

If you're not eligible for support under Warm & Well but live in a cold home and would like some support, there are a range of options available to you. 

You can have a read of our Top Tips to find out what else you can be doing to save energy and keep warm at home (click on the image above) and you could also consider energy switching using independent website www.uswitch.com. This is one of the easiest sites out there and you just need your latest gas and electric bills to hand. It's the quickest way to check that you are on the lowest price tariff available to you.

Are you controlling your heating and hot water appropriately? Check that you have suitable controls and see if you are using them correctly. You could have a look at the Energy Savings Trust website to get information specific to your heating type: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/improving-my-home/heating-and-hot-water.

Draught proofing is something that everyone can do themselves and can make a big difference to how warm a house feels. You can also check to see if your hot water pipes are lagged and put radiator foils behind radiators if your walls aren't insulated.

Would you be better off with a water meter? You could look into this, and also water saving energy measures, by visiting Yorkshire Water's website: www.yorkshirewater.com.

Light bulbs can be replaced with low energy ones, particularly the banks of halogen spotlights that many people have in kitchens or bathrooms - replacing those with LEDs can really make a difference.

You might also see if your energy company can fit you with a smart meter to raise awareness of when and where energy is being used in the home.

If you're looking for cavity wall insulation or loft insulation, you might want to give your utility company a call to see what schemes or support they have available. Many utility companies offer their own schemes of support and sometimes you do not have to have your energy with that company either.

You can also contact us to request copies of Top Tips, toolkits for setting up winter weather schemes in your neighbourhood, advice on emergency planning and community resilience schemes, and a range of other things. Call us on 01904 704177.