As the holiday season gets into full swing Safer Napier and Napier City Council ask that you spare a thought for your more vulnerable neighbours.
Older people living alone can often be forgotten about at this time of year. The police and Age Concern have some helpful tips about what to do if you have an elderly neighbour, and reading the signs: introduce yourself, ask if they need help with any tasks, swap phone numbers, provide company, and check on them in emergencies.
It also pays to think about whether their lights come on at night, if the curtains get drawn, the garden tended, or if the mail is building up in their letterbox.
Looking out for each other is just part of being a good neighbour, says Natasha Carswell, Manager Community Strategies, Napier City Council. “We’re asking people to keep an eye out for each other. For family who may not live in the same city as an elderly relative or not be able to visit as much as they like, it can also bring some peace of mind knowing that someone cares.”
The Napier Community Christmas Lunch is also on again this year and will be hosted by the Salvation Army at its Tait Drive, Greenmeadows premises.
Organised with the support of Napier churches, Napier City Council, and various community organisations and businesses, it is coordinated by Jim and Joanne Gaudin from the Trinity Methodist church.
If you or anyone you know would like to attend, please text or phone 027 338 3591 or 845 3547
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are concerned about your elderly neighbour seek advice from Police, or Age Concern, phone 842 1346.
Photo: Staying in touch: From left, neighbours Helen Morgan, with Emily, Jasmine, and Jack.
Posted: 15 December 2018