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Packs help people look out for their neighbours

Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PEOPLE are being asked to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours during the winter months.

Leicester City Council has re-launched its ‘good neighbour’ packs – after their success last year – to help residents support their neighbours.

The packs, entitled Look Out For Your Neighbour, offer handy tips and advice on staying warm and well over the winter period.

The advice includes setting up an ‘I’m OK’ signal with your neighbours, such as opening curtains at a certain time.

The packs also feature postcards which neighbours can fill in with important contact information, so that they can easily stay in touch with one another.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who chairs the city’s health and wellbeing board, said:  “We introduced these new packs last year to make it as easy and straightforward as possible for people to check on their neighbours during cold weather.

“They’re also a good way of starting up a conversation with a neighbour – by calling round with one of the packs.

“Older people can feel lonely and isolated at this time of year. They might experience problems which are easily prevented but which, if not tackled, can escalate, ending up in a hospital admission or a crisis.

“Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to make a quick check on their neighbour. It can make all the difference.”

Anyone can pick up a ‘good neighbour’ pack from city libraries, community centres, leisure centres and customer service points, as well as from Age UK shops in the city. They will be available from the end of this week.