Everbody needs a good neighbour

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MANSFIELD residents are being urged to show some community spirit and look out for elderly and disabled neighbours.

The Good Neighbour campaign is launched this month and aims to reduce the number of people who have falls, accidents or become victims of abuse or crime.

There were almost 3,000 alerts of adult abuse last year in Nottinghamshire, including cases of physical, sexual and financial abuse.

Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB), which is launching the campaign with support from the county council, says abuse can be carried out by carers, family members or complete strangers.

Allan Breeton, chairman of the NSAB, said: “We’re urging local people to take a few extra minutes to get to know those who live around them – particularly if they are elderly or disabled.

“Simple things like offering to go to the shop in bad weather or putting out someone’s bin might make a huge difference, so please do your bit.” For a full list of tips on how to be a good neighbour visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/goodneighbour