Elderly residents set to benefit from new project

The Walkerburn project is aimed at ensuring elderly residents are safe and warm this winter

The Walkerburn project is aimed at ensuring elderly residents are safe and warm this winter

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AN INITIATIVE in Walkerburn has been launched in a bid to ensure that elderly residents are safe and warm this winter.

The Walkerburn Watch Winter Warmth and Wellness project, or WWW for short, is aimed at providing advice and services to local residents.

Steve Bonner, project worker for the overall Walkerburn Watch scheme, said: “This campaign could not be more timely, with the recent announcement of at least one energy supplier increasing their charges by a whopping eight per cent.

“It won’t be long before the others follow suit and this is likely to give the poorer and more vulnerable in our community the stark option to either ‘heat or eat’.”

Mr Bonner added: “We are keen to enlist local volunteers to help us ensure that Walkerburn’s over 65s are looked after this coming winter. If you have time to spare, even if just one or two hours a week, we would love to hear from you.”

Information on the scheme will be available at the community fair on Saturday, October 26, and an open day is also planned for November. To volunteer, visit The Bridge project in Galashiels or Peebles, or call 07516 714479.