Stay well this winter

Eat well

Hot meals and drinks will keep your energy levels up and help you to stay warm. Leeds City Council runs a community meals service which operates every day of the year, delivering hot and nutritious meals to older and more vulnerable people living in their own homes. To find out more phone 0113 247 8577 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm) or go to

The new Stay Well This Winter leaflet is now available.

Look after your mental health

It’s not unusual to feel a bit low during winter. The weather and dark evenings can make it more difficult to get out and do the things you enjoy. Try to stick to your routine as much as you can and stay active. If you have been feeling down for several weeks, it’s important you share your feelings with a friend, family member or your GP. You can also ring the Primary Care Mental Health Service on 0113 843 4388. There will be a member of the team available to answer your call during the following times:

  • Monday and Thursday, 8am to 6pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8am to 4pm

Neighbourhood network schemes support older people to live independently and stay active in their community. Contact your local scheme (PDF 1.2MB) for more information.

Keep active

Keeping physically active in or out of home will help you stay warm and healthy. If you’re at home, try to not to sit still for more than one hour at a time. Move about or do some gentle exercise if you can.

For information about free activities at Leeds City Council leisure centres and in your local area, go to or phone 0113 395 0161.

Don’t forget to check on older or vulnerable neighbours and family. Make sure they are safe, warm and well.


​Cold weather can seriously affect our health, especially for people with long-term conditions or aged 65 or over. But there are some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter.

Get your free flu vaccine

Flu is more common in winter and can be very serious for some people, including those with long term health conditions, pregnant women, the very young, and people aged 65 and over.
If you can get a free flu vaccine, don’t put it off. It’s free because you need it. Book your free vaccine with your GP or find out more at NHS Choices.

Stay Well This Winter

Visit the local Leeds Stay Well This Winter website for helpful information and advice on:

  • What to do if you feel unwell
  • How to find your local NHS service
  • Heating your home for less
  • Severe weather in Leeds
  • Support for more vulnerable people



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