Lend A Hand campaign launched to keep vulnerable people safe in winter
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 November 2017
A campaign urging people to help vulnerable people this winter has been launched by a community healthcare group.
North Somerset Community Partnership’s (NSCP) Lend A Hand campaign, now in its fourth year, asks people to check up on relatives and neighbours to make sure they are warm and are well stocked in food, drink and medication.
NSCP chief executive Judith Brown says community support makes a ‘huge difference’ to vulnerable people and eases pressure on many healthcare services.
She said: “Winter is a challenging time for older people and healthcare services due to the impact cold weather can have on health.
“There are lots of simple steps which can be taken to stay well in cold weather, for example having a flu jab, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying as active as possible.
“It is important to seek advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of a winter illness too.
“This winter I would like to urge everyone to take the time to look in on loved ones and older, vulnerable neighbours to check they are safe and warm in their homes.
“It’s an easy way to make a positive contribution to your community and could make a huge difference.”
Chief executive of Voluntary Action North Somerset Doreen Jones added: “We’re proud to support NSCP’s annual initiative and would like to encourage everyone reading this to pledge to Lend A Hand this winter.
“Winter can be a difficult time of year for older people who are more susceptible to health problems in cold weather so checking on neighbours and relatives can help them stay healthy, safe and comfortable.
“Volunteering is at the forefront of positive social change and development, and has many benefits not only for those receiving support but for volunteers to.”
The campaign is run alongside the NHS’ Stay Well This Winter initiative which encourages people to choose the right type of healthcare for their needs to help ease the pressure on services during the busy winter months.
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Anyone worried about the health of a neighbour can call North Somerset Council on 01934 888888 or Age UK on 08006 781174.