Winter buddies

Not everyone will cope with severe winter weather as well as the rest of us.

Some people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, might need some extra help or support when the weather takes a turn for the worse.



They may need assistance with shopping, taking the rubbish out, clearing pathways, collecting prescriptions or even walking the dog – perhaps they just want to see a friendly face.



If you know anyone who might struggle give them a call or a knock on the door and say hello.



By giving a little time to show that someone cares there is a chance the number of accidents that older people have can be reduced.



Something as simple as sharing a pot of tea, helping with the shopping or changing a light bulb can make a massive difference to the life of someone who is lonely.



There are some tell-tale signs that someone may have had an accident - examples of these may be milk being left on the doorstep, bins not taken out, newspapers sticking out of the letterbox and curtains drawn or lights left on.



Say hello next time you get the chance – you might just make someone’s day.