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Moray folk asked to ‘check on a neighbour’

Moray residents are being asked to check on a neighbour this winter as they face a festive season with a difference.

As covid-19 restrictions continue to impact on visiting people at home and socialising, Moray Council is encouraging everyone to look out for each other, and in particular vulnerable residents.

Convener of Moray Council, Cllr Shona Morrison, said simply checking on just one neighbour to ask if they’re okay will make a difference this Christmas.

“The winter months and festive period can be difficult for many of us. In a pandemic it’s going to be even tougher with the risk of loneliness heightened this year.

“Moray folk are known for their kindness and sense of community spirit so if everyone in Moray picks up the phone, knocks on one door or stops to chat to someone in their garden we can be sure that everyone has some contact this winter.

“Maybe your children could write a Christmas card for someone on their own this year? Children may also enjoy completing our colouring template to give to a neighbour. Or join them for a walk on one those lovely crisp, clear winter days. Perhaps you could pop a note through the letter box with your phone number in case anyone needs help, so they have somewhere to turn.

“If someone you check in on needs help, we don’t expect you to fix everything. Just give them contact details for the people who can help and together we can keep everyone safe this winter.”

Contact details for anyone who needs help:

  • The directory from the Fairer Moray Forum with organisations who can help can be found here.
  • Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub – anywhere in Aberdeenshire, City or Moray. People can call the Hub for help, or you can call on behalf of someone else if you are worried about them. 0808 196 3384 (free phone)
  • Red Cross – 0808 196 3651
  • Financial support: Money Advice Moray - 0300 123 4563
  • Find a volunteer in your area - Contact tsiMORAY

Contact Information

Moray Council Press Office