BASLDON and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to keep an eye on vulnerable relatives and neighbours as spring has sprung.

Trees are beginning to burst into blossom but winter illnesses are still about and older community members, in particular those who live on their own, often find themselves alone and unable to help themselves, especially if they fall ill.

Dr Anita Pereira, the CCG’s frailty aligned neighbourhood lead for West Basildon, said: "It’s not always easy to take the first step, but more often than not people will appreciate offers of help and support.

"It’s important for communities to look out for each other to help us all stay well.”