No one should have no one

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 County Durham, 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.

Feeling invisible

Across England, 1.9million older people often feel ignored or invisible and the festive season can often serve to enhance that loneliness and isolation at a time synonymous with family and togetherness.

We need to make a difference. We need to make sure support is available for all older people who find their lives adversely affected by loneliness or isolation, whatever the time of year.

Here in County Durham 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 activities or lunch clubs, 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 County Durham provides crucial advice and support to thousands of older people from County Durham every year.

How you can help

We want to make sure that we can continue to be here for those who need us the most, but we can’t do any of this without your help.

If you want to change the lives of older people in County Durham this Christmas, please call us on 0191 386 3856 for more information or visit our donate page.

With your help, we can keep working to change the lives of local older people and make sure no one has no one at Christmas. Age UK County Durham provides a range of services and your gift will go where the need is greatest.