Age UK Oxfordshire is urging the community to look after its elderly this Christmas; both with practical help as well as making sure no-one feels isolated this season.
The charity, which has its Banbury centre in White Lion Walk, has provided several tips on how to stay safe this winter and how people can help out elderly family members or neighbours.
Bee Myson, head of area development for Cherwell and west Oxfordshire, said: “It’s all about being a community and being there for each other. A lot of people don’t like asking, so if you pop out to the shop, ask your elderly neighbour if they want something as well or maybe offer to take their dog out for a walk or sweep the snow away from their path.”
Other simple steps such as making sure the cupboards are stocked up and prescriptions are up to date will mean elderly residents will not be left in the lurch if there is a cold snap.
The charity is also urging people to make sure they are receiving all their benefits and winter payments.
For more information on how to stay safe this winter, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/news--campaigns/november-2013-updates/keeping-warm-and-staying-well-during-the-cold-season/or call the charity on 0844 887 0005.
There are also a range of heartwarming activites taking place in the area this season.
Age UK Oxfordshire is holding a Christmas fundraising sing-along concert in aid of its Today! campaign with the Banbury Nightingales at 2pm on Tuesday, December 17 at Banbury Town Hall. Tickets are £4 in advance or £5 on the door. For more information and to book tickets, call 01295 278040.
At 6.30pm on Thursday, December 19 there will be a late night Christmas carols session at the centre in White Lion Walk.