Many of us want to help our elderly or frail neighbours but we may not always be sure how to go about it, or even whether it’s appropriate. After all, no one wants to seem nosy or interfering, but A few simple steps can make a world of difference to someone who may be reluctant to ask for help themselves.

  • Say “Hello” – life is busy, but just saying “Hello” or having a brief conversation with an elderly or frail neighbour can make a huge difference.

  • Don’t forget to ask – not everyone likes to ask for help but it doesn’t mean they don’t need it. So, if you see an elderly or frail neighbour, don’t forget to ask if they need anything.

  • Have they got their medicines ?

  • Are they able to get essentials ?

  • Know the signs – look for signs that your neighbour may need help. Are their curtains still drawn? Is their milk still on the door step or are newspapers still in the letterbox ?

It’s easy to be a good neighbour !

What seems like a little thing to you may have enormous benefit to someone who is lonely or isolated; it really does feel good to help people.

If you are concerned about your neighbour then call 01296-383204

Organisations involved in developing and supporting the Be a Good Neighbour campaign include:

  • NHS Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group

  • NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Buckinghamshire County Council

  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

  • Buckinghamshire Urgent Care

  • Buckinghamshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee

  • GP practices across Buckinghamshire