Embrace the spirit of the season, say Shire Council

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Aberdeenshire Council is urging residents to look in on their neighbours during the festive period, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.

Lack of public transport over the festive period, together with the cold weather, can leave many people isolated in their own homes for several days.

Just offering company, ensuring people are warm and comfortable, checking they have enough food in the house or offering them a lift to the shops can have a really positive impact on their wellbeing at this time of year.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, Cllr Karen Clark, said: “There will be many elderly people in Aberdeenshire who will be spending the festive period on their own this year, some of them for the first time.

“I would encourage people to drop in on their neighbours just to check they are OK and see if they need anything. Even 10 or 15 minutes of your time can make such a difference to their quality of life.”

Aberdeenshire Council is also urging communities to get together and assist each other in clearing any snow and ice from paths ensuring that the more vulnerable members of their community can get out of their homes.

There are over 1330 grit bins located at strategic positions within Aberdeenshire and also larger ones at re-cycling centres.

Vice -chair of the council’s Social Work & Housing Committee, Cllr Alisan Norrie, said: “Communities can prepare for the bad weather by agreeing what you, your neighbours and your colleagues can do on your own and collectively to minimise the effects of winter weather.”

For more infoat www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/readyaberdeenshire