Once again NSCP is calling on communities across North Somerset to ‘Lend a Hand’ this winter and help older, vulnerable people in the local area.
The aim of the Lend a Hand campaign is to encourage local people to check relatives and neighbours are warm, have supplies of food, drink and medication and know how to access healthcare services if they become unwell.
Now in its third year Lend a Hand runs alongside the NHS’ ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign (https://www.nhs.uk/staywell
) which offers detailed winter health advice and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire’s ‘Right Care, First Time’ campaign which encourages people to choose the most appropriate healthcare services for their needs.
Judith Brown, NSCP Chief Executive 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.”
Doreen Smith, Chief Executive at Voluntary Action North Somerset said: “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 too.”
If you’re worried about an elderly relative or neighbour, contact North Somerset Council on 01934 888888 or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174. Please join us and Lend a Hand this winter. If you use social media, please tell us what you do to help using #lendahandNS