Call for 'winter friends' to help elderly

Warrington Guardian: Call for 'winter friends' to help elderly Call for 'winter friends' to help elderly

THE town’s health chiefs are backing a national campaign calling for people to have a sense of ‘good old-fashioned neighbourliness’ to ease the chill of loneliness over the festive period by checking an elderly friend is eating well, safe and warm.

Each winter, thousands of people in England die as a result of cold weather.

The NHS hope this year 100,000 people across England will sign up to become a ‘Winter Friend’ and promise they will take time out this winter to look in on an elderly friend or neighbour to make sure they are warm and coping well.

Dr Andy Davies, chairman of Warrington CCG, said: “In England, more than half of people aged over 75 live alone and a staggering five million older people say that the television is their only form of company.

“Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are also harmful to our health and that a lack of social interaction is as likely to cause death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

“I would like to personally encourage everyone who lives in Warrington to be a good neighbour or friend this winter and take a little time to check on those who live next to you.

"You could be saving someone’s life by doing so.”

Visit nhs.uk/WinterFriends.

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9:30am Mon 30 Dec 13

PageA says...

My parents have photographs of me taking part in performances and sporting events when I was I child..I have none of my own children because I have been refused permission to use my camera...As a young boy, if I behaved badly I would be scolded by a neighbour or member of the community and it kept me in line. If I chastise a young person for misbehaving today, there's a good chance that I would receive a visit from the police...the lollipop man from my school would often give me a big smile, ruffle my hair and play high five scuba dive with me and my friends on miserable Winter mornings whilst we trudged to school but this type of dangerous activity has now been forbidden...It might just be me but..I have no idea what to do when I come across a young child in the aisle of a supermarket who is crying his or her heart out because they have lost their mum or dad..when every cell In my body wants to put a hand on their shoulder and walk them to customer services..I stand with my hands out like I'm herding cats, saying 'hello....er..hello.
.help...er...hello'' ..with the child looking at me as if to say " just do something will you!". Since every interaction with my fellow citizens has been professionalised and risk assessed..I'm not sure I'm qualified to check in on a elderly neighbour...do I need a crb check for this?
My parents have photographs of me taking part in performances and sporting events when I was I child..I have none of my own children because I have been refused permission to use my camera...As a young boy, if I behaved badly I would be scolded by a neighbour or member of the community and it kept me in line. If I chastise a young person for misbehaving today, there's a good chance that I would receive a visit from the police...the lollipop man from my school would often give me a big smile, ruffle my hair and play high five scuba dive with me and my friends on miserable Winter mornings whilst we trudged to school but this type of dangerous activity has now been forbidden...It might just be me but..I have no idea what to do when I come across a young child in the aisle of a supermarket who is crying his or her heart out because they have lost their mum or dad..when every cell In my body wants to put a hand on their shoulder and walk them to customer services..I stand with my hands out like I'm herding cats, saying 'hello....er..hello. .help...er...hello'' ..with the child looking at me as if to say " just do something will you!". Since every interaction with my fellow citizens has been professionalised and risk assessed..I'm not sure I'm qualified to check in on a elderly neighbour...do I need a crb check for this? PageA
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12:51pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Karlar says...

As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you.
As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you. Karlar
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1:25pm Mon 30 Dec 13

PageA says...

Karlar wrote:
As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you.
Don't worry about me Karlar, I'm a very active and supportive member of my community. I was making a wider point about the interference of the state in the relationships that we form within our communities. I find it sad that they need a campaign for this...and that we need to register with them to take part. Sorry for the confusion.
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you.[/p][/quote]Don't worry about me Karlar, I'm a very active and supportive member of my community. I was making a wider point about the interference of the state in the relationships that we form within our communities. I find it sad that they need a campaign for this...and that we need to register with them to take part. Sorry for the confusion. PageA
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1:42pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Karlar says...

PageA wrote:
Karlar wrote:
As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you.
Don't worry about me Karlar, I'm a very active and supportive member of my community. I was making a wider point about the interference of the state in the relationships that we form within our communities. I find it sad that they need a campaign for this...and that we need to register with them to take part. Sorry for the confusion.
Could not agree more, both with the irony and intent of your observations.
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you.[/p][/quote]Don't worry about me Karlar, I'm a very active and supportive member of my community. I was making a wider point about the interference of the state in the relationships that we form within our communities. I find it sad that they need a campaign for this...and that we need to register with them to take part. Sorry for the confusion.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more, both with the irony and intent of your observations. Karlar
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9:05pm Mon 30 Dec 13

old-codger says...

PageA says...

My parents have photographs of me taking part in performances and sporting events when I was I child..I have none of my own children because I have been refused permission to use my camera...As a young boy, if I behaved badly I would be scolded by a neighbour or member of the community and it kept me in line. If I chastise a young person for misbehaving today, there's a good chance that I would receive a visit from the police...the lollipop man from my school would often give me a big smile, ruffle my hair and play high five scuba dive with me and my friends on miserable Winter mornings whilst we trudged to school but this type of dangerous activity has now been forbidden...It might just be me but..I have no idea what to do when I come across a young child in the aisle of a supermarket who is crying his or her heart out because they have lost their mum or dad..when every cell In my body wants to put a hand on their shoulder and walk them to customer services..I stand with my hands out like I'm herding cats, saying 'hello....er..hello.

.help...er...hello'' ..with the child looking at me as if to say " just do something will you!". Since every interaction with my fellow citizens has been professionalised and risk assessed..I'm not sure I'm qualified to check in on a elderly neighbour...do I need a crb check for this?

I see where your coming from PageA. Not everybody will thank you for your good deed or as some of us old f@rts would say sticking your nose in but I quite often get told where to go when I offer my services such a lift to the shops or offer to get gas/electricity credit for them. But I,m obstinate and prefer to get told where to go than find a neighbours corpse in an unheated flat. As for children lost in supermarkets I,d go and find a member of staff as I wouldn't dare venture down the aisle in order for someone to get the wrong idea. The old day,s have gone and so has the day,s when I got a thick ear off bobby Dooley for scrumping apples in winwick.
PageA says... My parents have photographs of me taking part in performances and sporting events when I was I child..I have none of my own children because I have been refused permission to use my camera...As a young boy, if I behaved badly I would be scolded by a neighbour or member of the community and it kept me in line. If I chastise a young person for misbehaving today, there's a good chance that I would receive a visit from the police...the lollipop man from my school would often give me a big smile, ruffle my hair and play high five scuba dive with me and my friends on miserable Winter mornings whilst we trudged to school but this type of dangerous activity has now been forbidden...It might just be me but..I have no idea what to do when I come across a young child in the aisle of a supermarket who is crying his or her heart out because they have lost their mum or dad..when every cell In my body wants to put a hand on their shoulder and walk them to customer services..I stand with my hands out like I'm herding cats, saying 'hello....er..hello. .help...er...hello'' ..with the child looking at me as if to say " just do something will you!". Since every interaction with my fellow citizens has been professionalised and risk assessed..I'm not sure I'm qualified to check in on a elderly neighbour...do I need a crb check for this? I see where your coming from PageA. Not everybody will thank you for your good deed or as some of us old f@rts would say sticking your nose in but I quite often get told where to go when I offer my services such a lift to the shops or offer to get gas/electricity credit for them. But I,m obstinate and prefer to get told where to go than find a neighbours corpse in an unheated flat. As for children lost in supermarkets I,d go and find a member of staff as I wouldn't dare venture down the aisle in order for someone to get the wrong idea. The old day,s have gone and so has the day,s when I got a thick ear off bobby Dooley for scrumping apples in winwick. old-codger
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2:08pm Tue 31 Dec 13

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Karlar wrote:
As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you.
I agree Karlar. Do what you have to make the situation safe "PageA" for you and the person you are caring for, basic reduce the risks and do deploy your learned acts of thoughtfulness and kindness as I don't think anyone is actually stopping that happening. However I do think that a lot of people are unaware of the basic principles of safeguarding and therefore pass by on the other side to avoid any contact or communication in case it vilifies them.

Advice in basic Safeguarding can be obtained from Kidscape, NSPCC, Childline, Help the Aged and Age Concern, at a minimal cost or indeed at no cost to you.

I hope that this is useful information for you and other readers.
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: As the child in your cautionary tale implores...'just do something will you' and stop finding excuses for failing to be a good neighbour. Sooner or later there will come a time when you will want someone to be one to you.[/p][/quote]I agree Karlar. Do what you have to make the situation safe "PageA" for you and the person you are caring for, basic reduce the risks and do deploy your learned acts of thoughtfulness and kindness as I don't think anyone is actually stopping that happening. However I do think that a lot of people are unaware of the basic principles of safeguarding and therefore pass by on the other side to avoid any contact or communication in case it vilifies them. Advice in basic Safeguarding can be obtained from Kidscape, NSPCC, Childline, Help the Aged and Age Concern, at a minimal cost or indeed at no cost to you. I hope that this is useful information for you and other readers. SAC_in_Warrington
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