Although the Big Chinwag is about getting together and having fun, it’s there to highlight a serious issue.
Sadly, loneliness is a huge issue that affects older people with over 1 million people aged 65 plus describing themselves as always or often feeling lonely. Research also reveals that over a third consider the TV as their main form of company.
By hosting your own Big Chinwag event you can raise money to enable Age UK to change lonely lives through its vital work. Every penny really does count - just £5 could provide a warm meal in the company of friends, for an older person, who lives alone.
It’s often simple things that matter - someone to chat to, a visit or a call to look forward to, or getting out and about. Regular contact and services from local Age UKs can be life-changing and give older people the confidence they need to feel more connected and less isolated.
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How Age UK helped Barbara
After suffering a double tragedy, Barbara was struggling to cope on her own.
Barbara explains, ‘On the same day that my husband passed away, my daughter was diagnosed with cancer. After three years she passed away in a hospice. I think the worst thing was the loneliness. I was very, very lonely, and very, very sad.’
Thankfully Barbara was referred to Age UK’s Call in Time service. Our Telephone Befrienders gave her the confidence to join a local lunch club and day centre, and to attend the weekly Women’s Institute group.
Barbara says: ‘As time passes, I’m feeling much better, but I couldn’t have coped without the support I got from Age UK’s Call in Time team.’