No matter what your age, being loved and cared for is important to all of us.
But during Christmas the companionship and support of friends and family seems to mean even more than usual – which is why loneliness feels even harsher.
At Age UK Barnsley, we believe no one should have no one. Not at Christmas. Not ever.
Yet for 140,000 older people in the North of England loneliness is a daily reality. And we don’t just mean at Christmas.
How you can help
If you want to change the lives of older people in Barnsley this Christmas, please call 01226 776820 or visit our How you can help page to find out how you can make a difference.
Talking to no one
In the UK, 1 million older people go a month or more without seeing or speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour.
We need to change that. We need to make sure help is available for all older people who find their lives adversely affected by loneliness or illness or poverty, whatever the time of year.
Here in Barnsley we’re working as hard as we can all year round to help older people face the different challenges that growing older brings, and with your help we can work to make sure no one in later life need be alone or isolated.
Whether it’s through our befriending services, life long learning classes, our information and advice around getting the financial support people need to make the most of their later years or just being somewhere to turn when things get too tough to cope with on your own, Age UK Barnsley provides crucial companionship, advice and support to hundreds of people every year.
How you can help
But we can’t do any of this without your help.
So if you want to change the lives of older people in Barnsley this Christmas, please call 01226 776820 or visit our How you can help page to find out how you can make a difference.
You can help to change the lives of local people and make sure no one has no one at Christmas.
Age UK Barnsley provides a range of services and your gift will go where the need is greatest.
Join our campaign to tackle loneliness
We want local and national government to understand that older people's loneliness really matters; that it's a serious public health problem and not a normal part of ageing. Sign our petition asking the Government to take action with us to prevent and tackle loneliness.
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