'Good neighbour' packs at local venues

Published on 21 December 2015

‘GOOD NEIGHBOUR’ packs launched by Leicester City Council are now available for people to pick up from a variety of local venues.

The packs, entitled Look Out For Your Neighbour, are designed to help people support their elderly and vulnerable neighbours.

They offer handy tips and advice on staying warm and well over the winter period.

The advice includes setting up an “I’m OK’ signal with your neighbours, such as opening curtains at a certain time.

The packs also feature postcards which neighbours can fill in with important contact information, so that they can easily stay in touch with one another.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who chairs the city’s health and wellbeing board, said: “What might seem like a small gesture to you could make all the difference to someone who is elderly or vulnerable. We’ve launched these packs to help people to take that first step and make contact with their neighbours.

“I’m really pleased with how these packs have been received so far – we’ve had some very positive feedback from older people, who can see how these packs could help them to feel they are part of the community."

Anyone can pick up a ‘good neighbour’ pack from:

·        City libraries, community centres and leisure centres
·        Age UK shops and resource centres around the city
·        Leicester City Council customer services, Granby Street
·        Hansom Hall, Belvoir Street (accessed through the People’s Photographic Gallery)
·        Town Hall
·        BBC Radio Leicester, St Nicholas Place
·        Voluntary Action Leicester, Newarke Street
·        Connexions, 16 New Walk
Larger city churches