Help­ing us to stay safe this win­ter

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Iso­lated and vul­ner­a­ble older peo­ple in Ren­frew­shire are be­ing pro­vided with top tips to stay safe this win­ter.

Free leaflets packed with ad­vice will be mak­ing the rounds cour­tesy of the Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice in part­ner­ship with SGN.

Tips in­clude keep­ing an eye on weather fore­casts, wear­ing shoes with a good grip and lots of lay­ers, ex­er­cis­ing where pos­si­ble, hav­ing torches and spare bat­ter­ies to hand and mak­ing sure ap­pli­ances are work­ing at all times.

Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive, Cather­ine John­stone CBE, said: “As the colder weather sets in, some older peo­ple need to start think­ing about how they can keep well and prepa­ra­tion plays an im­por­tant part in that.

“Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice vol­un­teers can help with things like trans­port af­ter a stint in hos­pi­tal or to med­i­cal appointments, pick­ing up pre­scrip­tions or get­ting some shop­ping in if the icy tem­per­a­tures mean it’s harder than usual for an older per­son to get out and about.

“We are also en­cour­ag­ing any­one who has an older neigh­bour or rel­a­tive to check on them reg­u­larly to make sure they have ev­ery­thing they need to stay happy and healthy dur­ing the win­ter months.”

Pamela Goee, head of com­mu­nity at SGN, said: “It is vi­tal peo­ple are aware of gas safety, es­pe­cially in win­ter.

“If any­one smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or is wor­ried that fumes con­tain­ing car­bon monox­ide are es­cap­ing from a gas ap­pli­ance, they should call the Na­tional Gas Emer­gency Num­ber on 0800 111 999.”

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