Rochford District Council are reminding residents to look out for others who may need a bit of extra this winter as we prepare for the temperatures to drop.
Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery and cold weather can stop people from getting out and about.
Keeping in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and asking if they need any help can be a lifeline to those who are struggling or feeling under the weather.
Making sure they are stocked up with enough food supplies for a few days, in case they can’t go out and if they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.
If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to a call adviser who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open. You can also visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk