CARERS in Stirling are asking neighbours to look after each other during the cold spell.

Mears Care, which provides its service at home, are asking people to pop in and make sure older residents are keeping well.

Carole Gillies, who manages the service in the city, said: “At this time of year we would like to wish all those in our community a very Happy Christmas, and to offer those living our local communities advice about how to prepare for colder days and nights.

“We ourselves are working with our colleagues on a “tackling loneliness scheme” and providing Christmas lunch.”

“There are many simple things you can do to help or advise an elderly member of your family, friend or neighbour.

“Our support workers are out and about in all weathers looking after those people in our communities we support. But it’s great to have a bit of neighbourly help too.”

Sometimes a care worker is the only person an elderly resident sees in a day so locals are being asked to look after neighbours and pop over for a chat.