WITH a cold week ahead, locals are urged to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
The Met office five-day forecast for Portsmouth shows highs of only 4C, with low temperatures at night dropping to -3C.
Snow is forecast for Thursday night.
Portsmouth City Council has issued advice suggesting people clear paths of snow for the elderly, or offer to get shopping or medication for them in severe weather.
Also helping to combat the cold, the Portsmouth Salvation Army provides warm clothing, blankets and duvets, along with extra food when deemed necessary.
Community project director George Brown said: ‘Just before Christmas we gave out 50 special food parcels as a supplement to their income to help combat the cold.
‘Here in Portsmouth we also run a befriending scheme, called the Good Neighbours Project.’
The scheme is designed to help the elderly who live alone or are housebound.
Volunteers go to visit lonely or elderly people, and phone them between visits to check they have everything they need.
Community centres around the Portsmouth area also offer support to the elderly.
Fratton Live at Home scheme runs activities three times a week at Fratton Community Centre.
Assistant manager of the scheme Claire Brown said: ‘Our mission statement is to stop social isolation.
‘We support people who want to live on their own, but offer them the chance to join us three times a week, and we also put on relevant speakers.
‘We’ve had talks on topics such as fall prevention and avoiding scams.’
St John Ambulance training co-ordinator for the south east Barbara Ellyatt said: ‘It is important that when temperatures drop, we take extra care of vulnerable people such as elderly friends and relations, who are more likely to suffer from the effects of the cold.’