For many, Christmas and New Year is a time to enjoy a break from work and visit family, but hundreds of people will be working over this period to help others.
Hundreds of County Council employees will be working hard over Christmas and New Year to keep Worcestershire running effectively.
Adult and children's social workers and care staff will be visiting vulnerable families and people in need of support, highways and flood management teams will be monitoring the weather closely in case of snow, heavy rainfall and ice, as well as continuing necessary roadworks to ensure the county keeps moving.
Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: "Christmas should be a period of peacefulness and joy but sadly for some children and families, it can be a stressful time. We have a number of staff who will be working over the festive season to provide ongoing support and emergency protection to those who require our help."
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "There are adults across the county who require support and care all year round. This means that our hard-working staff do not stop over Christmas, helping to combat loneliness and ensuring that vulnerable people get assistance they need over what may be a difficult time for them."
Worcestershire County Council's highways staff are prepared all year in the case of adverse weather and emergency road repairs, and Christmas doesn't change this. Reports of pothole damage, empty grit bins, drain blockages among many others will be monitored frequently, and the fleet of 32 gritters is ready to be deployed at any point.