Published 29th November 2021 by

The cold and damp winter conditions can be bad for our health, and the darker days can take a toll on our mental health too.

This year with the increased risks to our health caused by flu and COVID-19, the “Give Your NHS a Hand This Winter” campaign aims to help people of all ages to stay as well as possible during the cold months ahead.

The campaign provides tips and advice on the ways we can take care of ourselves to prevent ill health this winter. It focuses on four main areas: 

  • encouraging people to get their flu and COVID-19 vaccines; 
  • choosing the right health services for our medical needs;
  • providing tips on how to keep well this winter by staying warm, keeping active, and keeping medicine cabinets stocked; and 
  • supporting people to look after their mental health. 

A key outcome of the campaign is that more people take steps to look after their health and reduce their risk of getting seriously ill this winter. If you are a carer this is also helpful to you in your caring role, and therefore to the person you care for.

A new online portal has been created with key information and resources to help people stay well this winter.

It contains information about topics such as the different types of health services available in Norfolk and Waveney, health and wellbeing tips and advice, winter hardship resources, as well as mental health advice and support services which can be especially important during the challenging winter months.

For more information on Give Your NHS a Hand and to access the winter health and wellbeing resources, visit