CHRISTMAS is a time for over-indulging and relaxing with friends and family, but hundreds of workers will be spending their days on call in South Tyneside.
Social workers, plumbers, electricians, joiners and highways staff are just some of the people who will be swapping the festivities for their day job in a bid to ensure those who need help receive it.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, said: “We all recognise that people such as nurses, midwives and ambulance drivers continue to carry out their duties over the Christmas period, but there are a great many council staff who also work, often behind the scenes, to make sure that other people are not left out in the cold.
“I would encourage everyone to spare a thought for all those people across the borough who sacrifice their time at this special time of year to make sure services are provided, and help is at hand for those who need it most.”
Council staff will continue to care for hundreds of the borough’s most vulnerable who, for whatever reason, cannot be with their families.
Others at work this year will be staff from the refuse, recycling and waste enforcement, those working at the Register Office, and civic drivers and attendants who will ensure the Mayor and Mayoress can continue to carry out their civic duties.
South Tyneside Homes will also offer an emergency service to council tenants who may need emergency repairs over the festive season.
The council’s telecare and alarms service – which offers 24/7 support to more than 4,000 residents to help them live independently – will also have staff working eight-hour shifts over the festive season. The community alarms service allows people to call for help at the push of a button.
In addition, a list of trained emergency staff will be on stand-by over the festive period to respond to any emergency situation such as a flood, power outage, accidents or a public health outbreak.