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Bad weather and good neighbours

Please think of older and vulnerable people.

As winter arrives with its cold, dark nights and inclement weather, spare a thought for older people in your community, particularly your neighbours.

Some older people can feel vulnerable and alone at this time of year and don't want to venture out.

A few small gestures can make a real difference and help people cope better.

You can help by:

  • Checking on older or vulnerable neighbours - have their opened their curtains?

  • Calling in for a chat

  • Offering to pick up some shopping for them while you're doing your own, and

  • If their path is snowy or icy you could help clear and salt this.

Helpful information and advice can be found on NHS Inform and Age Concern Scotland.

We have information about cold weather payments and grants to help people over 65. 

If you are concerned about symptoms of hypothermia, follow this advice from the NHS.

Page last updated:
29 Oct 2020

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