You might be worried about having to cook food this winter, when energy bills are rising, but it’s important that you eat at least one hot meal a day to help keep you warm and healthy. EnergyGuide has information about how much appliances cost to run.
If you need it, we’ve got more information about how to eat a balanced diet on a budget.
If you’re struggling to get out, some charities offer help if you have difficulty with food shopping. For example:
In England, Age UK supplies home delivery services for a small fee. You can search for services near you
In Wales, Age UK Cymru also have a supported shopping service
In Scotland, Food Train make food deliveries, and can also help with household jobs and provide books through a library service.
Your council also might be able to provide food delivery, or meals on wheels. If you live in England or Wales, you can check at Gov.uk/meals-home. If you live in Scotland, visit the Care Information Scotland website.
If you're struggling to buy or prepare food yourself, call our free Helpline on 0800 319 6789 to see if you can get extra help at home.
If you’re having trouble affording food, you could contact your local food bank. They can supply emergency food and support. The Trussell Trust has more information about where you can find a food bank. You can also find your nearest food bank using the Independent Food Aid Network’s online map.
Any movement is good for us, particularly as we go out less. It can make us feel warmer, and can improve our sleep, appetite and mood. Visit our Staying active page for more information.
Getting your jabs
It’s important to have a flu jab every year. Even if you had one last year, it might not protect you from this year’s flu. Make an appointment with your GP or see if your local pharmacy offers the flu jab.
The pneumonia vaccine (also called a pneumococcal or pneumo jab) is a one-off jab. It helps protect against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia. You can get a free jab if you’re 65 or over. Contact your GP to get the jab or to check if you’ve already had it.
Check whether you qualify for a COVID-19 seasonal booster jab.
You can get a shingles jab free with the NHS – check on the NHS website to see if you're eligible. Once you qualify, a GP or practice nurse will offer you the vaccine if you go to your doctor for any reason. If you don’t want to wait for this, contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment to have the jab.