Keep a watch on elderly

As Britain braces itself for plunging temperatures, gale force winds, ice and more flooding, older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service (previously WRVS), is calling on the public to make sure their older friends, family and neighbours have everything they need to stay safe and well.

David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service, said: “Severe weather can have a devastating effect on the health and safety of older people, so it’s vital that friends, family and neighbours check in on older people in their town and offer to help where they can. Simple things like making sure older people have enough food in the house and offering someone a lift to a doctor’s appointment or to the shops can make a huge difference during the inclement weather.”

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers will continue to provide services in the local area through the bad weather, as well as assisting the emergency services team by offering refreshments and comfort to people affected by the storms, floods and power cuts.

To find out more about how you can help older people in your area or to request help, visit or call 0845 600 5885.