Warmer clothing will have been dug out from the bottom of drawers or backs of wardrobes, and the power bills are likely starting to climb in many households as heaters are pulled out and electric blankets rolled onto beds. The winter months can be a source of fun, cosy memories with family, for some they bring comfort food, but for others winter brings a unique set of challenges. Shauni James discovers more about these winter challenges from some people who know about them only too well.

Winter is fast descending on Rotorua, and services to help people in the colder