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calendar01 March 2018

Author: Gemma Pask

Keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours during the snowy weather

Keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours during the snowy weather

So it's snowing. A lot. For most people, it's an inconvenience, but for some - especially the elderly and vulnerable - it can be isolating and often dangerous. It's times like these that well known quote from Mark 12:31 is especially pertinent: 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. Let's get into the community spirit and help those in need on our doorsteps during these extreme weather conditions.

  • Maybe there's a family living nearby that relies on their kids getting a hot meal from school. Could you cook something up and take it round to them?
  • Could you get your wellies on and make it to the corner shop to pick up some supplies for that elderly neighbour who can't get out? Home help and 'meals on wheels' services may be affected by the weather. 
  • Pick up the phone and call someone who lives alone. They may have been stuck inside for days with no company and a chat could be a real blessing!
  • Keep a family warm in the cold weather: offer to top up their gas/electricity meter.
  • If you can, get out there and grit the street outside your house or grab a shovel and help to clear the road.
  • If you see someone sleeping rough, help them to get the support they need by alerting local services to their whereabouts using StreetLink.

Share your own tips for looking out for vulnerable neighbours during extreme weather below.

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