Over 70 residents from Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield attended ‘Winter Warmer’ events this week run by local health and care experts and have come away with lots of top tips to help keep them well, active and safe throughout the winter.

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, in particular older residents, so these events – the first of their kind in Hertfordshire – were designed by the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), in partnership with local community groups to give people help and guidance for when they may need it.

A range of local organisations were involved, including:

  • Hertfordshire Independent Living Service on ‘Healthy eating during the winter’
  • Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust on ‘Exercise information to keep you healthy’
  • Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service on ‘Staying safe and secure at home’
  • Herts Help on ‘Helpful advice and services that can help you’
  • HUC (Herts Urgent Care) on ‘Getting the most from NHS 111’

Representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary were also there to give advice on crime prevention and the neighbourhood watch scheme, and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust also offered attendees blood pressure checks.

Diane Duff, Day Centre Manager at Jimmy Macs Charity, an activity centre for the over 55’s in Hatfield, said:

“The event at Jimmy Macs was extremely useful for local residents including a number of our regulars. Those who attended were all very positive about the event and came away with a lot of vital information on health services, exercise, nutrition and general safety. It was great to see the residents enjoying the event, meeting new people and asking so many questions.”

Feedback was also positive from the event at the Isabel Hospice Community Hub in Welwyn Garden City and included one from local resident Peter who said: ‘It’s been an informative morning with a relaxed atmosphere. I’ve learned about the importance of keeping your muscle strength up’.

Beverley Flowers, Chief Executive of East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Joint STP Lead for Hertfordshire and west Essex said: 

“Winter Warmer events are a great example of partnership working in action to help improve health and happiness. As a result of the days, dozens of people have had the blood pressure checked, enjoyed a free healthy lunch, signed up to join the neighbourhood watch scheme and found out how to get a GP appointment at night.”

Winter Warmer events are being run across a number of community locations in Hertfordshire and west Essex. The events are free of charge but booking is essential. To find out more about the upcoming events in Stevenage and Letchworth, and to book your place please visit: , or you can book through Herts Help on 0300 123 4044.