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Look our for your neighbour

There's a great deal of care and aroha within the Napier community. We look out for each other - but we also have busy lives and can miss things. So we're asking people to look out for their more vulnerable neighbours.

NiehgbourOlder folk on their own can slip under the radar sometimes. If you have an older neighbour you don't know well, introduce yourself, swap numbers, pick their brains for classic cheese scone recipes... introduce them to Netflix in return. Hang out a bit. Like Emily, Jasmine and Jack (pictured here) do with their neighbour, Helen Morgan.

In January 2019, along with our partners at Safer Napier, we launched Look out for your neighbour. It's a low key and very New Zealand campaign - we're not making a huge fuss, just encouraging people to remember their neighbours and keep an eye out for each other. The knowledge that someone's next door - and just a call or shout out away - can greatly reassure those who live on their own. For families and whānau who may not live in the same city as an older relative or be able to visit as much as they like, it brings peace of mind knowing that someone cares.

Quick tips

If you have an older neighbour, here's some tips to keep them safe.

  • Introduce yourself. Befriend them on Facebook (they may be late adopters, but older folk are extremely keen Facebookers).
  • Ask them if they need help with anything. Perhaps a hand with the groceries, lugging a bit of firewood, digging things.
  • Swap numbers. 
  • Check on them during an emergency. Better still... map out your respective Emergency Plans together.
  • Check in if they don't open curtains, turn on lights or clear the mailbox.

Worried about your neighbour? Talk to the Police or call Age Concern on +64 6 842 1346.

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