Staying Healthy And Well This Winter

The winter months bring many health and care challenges from Covid-19 to the flu, from loneliness to family stresses and strains.
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This time of year can take an increasing toll on people’s health, with Covid-19 still very much in the news, winter illnesses such as the flu, financial pressures, isolation and other issues all putting pressure onto our mental health.

We have compiled support and information resources to help everyone in Wokingham stay safe and well this winter.  

Dealing with Covid-19  

This winter will be particularly challenging for the health services with the ongoing issue of Covid-19 putting pressure on services, alongside all the usual winter pressures that come every year.

It is up to all of us to play our part in preventing the spread of Covid-19. For the latest  information and guidance check out the local Public Health, NHS and Government websites: 

Local case number and Covid  information Berkshire Public Health 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

If you or someone you know has caught Covid-19, there is a new NHS health website offering advice and information to help support your recovery after Covid: www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk 

Advice for the clinically vulnerable  

Advice on visiting care homes 

There is also a lot of support, advice and information available locally on Covid-19 including symptoms, what you can and can’t do, and where to go for help:  

Wokingham Borough Council website  

If you need help with prescription or food delivery or feel isolated and need someone to talk to Wokingham Citizens Advice are co-ordinating the local volunteer response, call them on 0300 330 1189 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm or visit their dedicated website   

Staying safe and well over the Winter months 

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on our everyday lives and many of us are struggling more than usual so it's important that we keep ourselves physically well. Stay as active as you can, any exercise can bring health benefits. Links to advice on how to stay well:

NHS - How to stay well in winter 

Public Health England - Keep warm keep well

Age UK - Keep well this winter

Coping with family pressures 

With families under increasing pressure this year with job losses, money stresses over the festive season and not being able to spend time with one another or being stuck at home together 24 hours a day, it can be a very stressful time of year.

If pressures become too much and you or anyone you know are struggling with family problems there is help available:

Carers

We have a page about vital sources of support and information for carers

NSPCC Support for Parents 

NSPCC provides parenting tips for all stages of your child’s life, as well as advice on how to deal with difficult situations

Domestic abuse 

Domestic abuse services are available both locally and nationally:

Wokingham Borough Council - Domestic Abuse

Refuge - National domestic abuse help line 

Early help 

Wokingham Integrated Early Help service provide whole family and group based support to children, young people and their parents/carers who have been assessed as being in need of more support

Family Support Service 

If your family are experiencing difficulties, or feel you might need some extra support Wokingham council may be able to help you.

Looking after your mental health this Winter  

It is a difficult time for many people and the pandemic and its consequences have had an impact on their mental health, due to the isolation and perhaps financial pressures and job fears. But there are many places to seek support and advice if you are worried about your own, or someone else’s mental health this winter. We published an article with advice, information and details of local and national organisations that can help Here

Coping with loneliness and isolation 

The winter and festive season can be particularly challenging for those living alone, but this year that is compounded by the pandemic, with many more people shielding due to being clinically vulnerable or simply too fearful to be with other people.

Isolation and loneliness can have a real impact on mental health, as well as physical health, for those who are unable to leave home.  Details of help and support available: 

Wokingham Borough Council - links

LINK - Visiting and befriending  

Citizens Advice Bureau - One front door service or call them on 0300 330 1189 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm

Important Contact Details 

In an emergency, or if you suspect you or someone else is in immediate danger, phone 999.

For Deaf Access Text 999 or Emergency Minicom TextRelay on 18000 (You must be registered to use this service).  

Wokingham Children’s Services 

Public phone number: 0118 908 8002 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) 

Out of Hours Service: 01344 786 543 

Wokingham Adult Services 

Wokingham Adult’s Health and Care: 
0300 365 1234 

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