RESIDENTS are being urged to keep an eye on the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months.

Clr Bobby Feeley, cabinet member for well-being and independence, said extra help can be needed by vulnerable people over Christmas and the New Year as temperatures drop and loneliness can increase during the festive season.

“We are asking people to take care of our most vulnerable by keeping an eye on them and make sure they are safe and well," she said.

“If you have neighbours, friends or relatives that are unwell, we ask to visit to make sure they have everything they need and to offer help with any daily tasks such as shopping. It is also important to check they are eating properly and keeping their home warm.

“You may be the only visitor they will have so it’s a question of being kind and considerate. The colder weather is upon us, so we want to make sure people do not feel vulnerable or isolated.

“Showing care and compassion towards the elderly or vulnerable will really make a difference to their quality of life.

"This message is very poignant at this time of year, especially around Christmas when it can be a lonely time for those living on their own”.