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THE WRVS is urging older people to keep warm and well as the winter approaches.

Stay safe by keeping an eye on weather forecasts and not taking any risks by venturing out in snowy or icy weather.

Stay well by getting your annual flu jab, eating little and often and getting up and moving around, if possible.

Stay warm by drinking plenty of warm drinks and dressing in layers to keep warm.

Stay in touch by keeping in contact with family and friends.

Margaret Paterson, WRVS head of operations in Scotland, said: “We have outlined simple steps older people can take to make sure the cold weather doesn’t affect their quality of life. We are also encouraging anyone who has an elderly neighbour or relative to check on them regularly to make sure they have everything to need to stay happy and healthy.”

WRVS is distributing leaflets across Scotland with advice on staying warm and well this winter. If you are concerned about getting ready for winter and the effect of cold weather, you can contact WRVS for advice by visiting the website at www.wrvs.org.uk