Mid Sussex residents need to look out for the vulnerable this Christmas

Mid Sussex residents are being urged to check up on the more vulnerable residents in the county this winter, especially over the Christmas and New Year period. The West Sussex County Council have come up with a few suggestions as to what people can do for both themselves and their friends to keep them safe, healthy and warm. These tips can be found at www.westsussex.gov.co.uk/getreadyforwinter.

Peter Catchpole is the cabinet member for adult services, and he has said that the authority have recently launched their ‘Age With Confidence’ initiative. He added that with the cold weather and dark nights upon us, we all need to be extra alert and watch out for other in the community, and that includes checking on disabled or elderly neighbours to ensure that they are safe and well during the cold weather.

There are many organisations in West Sussex that have launched campaigns for Christmas with the aim of helping the elderly this winter. These schemes include Age UK: West Sussex who have launched a spreading warmth campaign to help to publicise the simple tips that will help vulnerable people stay well and warm during the cold weather.

More information can be found on the website www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk, alternatively call the advice and information freephone helpline at 0800 019 1310. They are also offering lunches and entertainment throughout December, up until the 23rd. These will be held at their their 5 activity centres in Crawley, Burgess Hill, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Haywards Heath.

The centres will all be reopening for the week between Christmas and New Year from Wednesday the 28th December-Friday the 30th December. Age UK West Sussex are also working with the Met Office and national Age UK to alert people of the impending arrival of a cold spell, part of the national cold weather plan.

Abbeyfield, the nationwide charity with over 700 supported sheltered throughout the UK, have launched Companionship at Christmas. This is aimed at inviting people who might be otherwise alone of the festive period, December 24-January 4, to spend some time at an Abbeyfield home and give them a free lunch, or an overnight stay.