Valerie takes top spot in Home Heating Poetry Competition as Part of Positive Ageing Month

27th November 2020

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (3)

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust and South West Age Partnership, recently delivered it’s third annual Positive Ageing Month programme.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme included a mix of live socially distanced events and online events which were all well supported.

As part of the programme, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council invited participants to get creative and share their experiences of heating their home by writing a poem.

The winning entry was submitted by Valerie McManus and the poem is reproduced here by kind permission of Valerie.


Keeping Warm in Winter 
By Valerie McManus

Keeping Warm In Winter….
Is not the hardest thing to do
We can always put our woollies on or even buy some new
When the summer is over and winter nights draw near
We must stay isolated now to put an end to the Covid Fear
When we say goodbye to summer & the colder days are here
There is only one thing we can do to fill us up with cheer…
And that is just turn up the heating & snuggle down together
Forget about the cost & price for it won’t go on forever.
Just enjoy the warmth & comfort when the winter nights are long
And we can all join together in a happy Christmas song!


Valerie’s prize was £50 of St Vincent de Paul’s oil saving stamps.  This Scheme enables you to budget for your oil throughout the year.   Many St Vincent de Paul shops across the District sell the stamps which are accepted by a significant number of oil companies.

Heating a home, particularly at this time of year where the days are shorter, the weather is colder and home heating oil is generally more expensive, can be difficult, particularly for those on low incomes. However, you may be able to benefit from a grant to install insulation in your home. To determine if you are eligible for grants for cavity wall/loft insulation or a new boiler please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Health Improvement Team on 0300 303 1777.