Healthy Christchurch is urging people to check on their neighbours during Volunteer Awareness Week (17 June - 23 June).
Healthy Christchurch champion and Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates says winter has been relatively harsh so far and everyone needs to look out for one another and try to keep warm and healthy.
“We are now into a second winter of people living in crowded, damp and cold conditions. It is vitally important that people access the support that is available and are not left isolated and vulnerable,” Mr Meates says.
“Checking on your neighbours when times are tough is one of the most important things you can do to lift someone’s spirits and make sure they’re doing ok.
It is important people access the many programmes available to help them get through winter.
“Whether it’s helping manage your power bills, sorting out damaged or lost heating, assisting with emergency repairs, or getting subsidised insulation – there are services out there that people can tap into,” Mr Meates says.
“This winter will present a big challenge to our health and social services and more than ever it’s important that volunteerism starts where we live. Please look out for elderly relatives and neighbours by regularly checking in on them to ensure they are eating well, keeping warm and are being supported. Information on the support available to keep your home warm and dry, and family well, can be found at www.healthychristchurch.org.nz.
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