Cold winter days can be a terrible time for some elderly people, and isolation can increase if they are less able to get out and about.
We are asking people to please be a good neighbour and look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours, especially during cold weather.
Are they warm, well, and safe? Little things can make all the difference, like asking if they need food shopping or taking their bins out for them when it's snowy or icy.
By being good neighbours we can prevent others from going hungry, becoming ill, or even getting hurt. It's simply about keeping an eye out for them.
Loneliness, too, can be a big problem for some elderly people, particularly those who don't have family nearby or regular visitors. If you have such a neighbour, I would encourage you to take a few minutes now to knock on their door and offer your help over winter.
If you are concerned about an elderly neighbour, and they agree for their details to be given to Social Services care team, please call 01234 267422. The care team can check on them and assess how their needs might be met.
Cllr Colleen Atkins