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Can you be a good neighbour this winter?

Checking in on vulnerable neighbours could make such a difference.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 11:46am 10th January 2020. 3-minute read.

Can you be a good neighbour this winter?

Buckinghamshire County Council are asking people to look out for their neighbours. 

Winter can be a difficult time especially for the elderly and vulnerable. 

Cold weather can make it difficult for some to get around and complete basic tasks like going to the shops. 

This winter BCC want you to see what you can do to help those struggling. 

If you want to help your elderly or frail neighbours but are not sure how, just follow this easy five point guide to #BeAGoodNeighbour:

  • Say 'hello' - surely nobody is too busy for the most basic friendly contact which is vital for our general wellbeing. 
  • Ask - not everyone will ask for help, but that doesn't mean they don't need it, so make the first move and ask if there is anything they need.
  • Medicines -check that they have supplies of their regular prescription medicine, especially when the weather is bad, offer to collect them from the pharmacy.
  • Shopping - in very cold or icy conditions it's safer for older folk to stay indoors. Why not offer to pop out to the shops for them when picking up your own groceries - and stay for a cuppa and a chat
  • Know the signs that they may need help - not seen a neighbour for a while? Are their curtains always drawn? Is milk still on the door step or mail in the door? They may need help, so don't wait - pop round and check if they are ok.

Councillor Lin Hazell, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

"There is a great deal goodwill in our communities, but I would like to remind people of some simple actions they can take which may help a vulnerable or older person to stay at home rather than risk ending up in hospital. 

"Small things such as making time for a chat, or popping round to see if they are ok can make such a difference. Loneliness and isolation is really miserable and damaging to someone's mental health, but being a Good Neighbour is good for everyone - especially at this time of year."

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