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No one should have no one at Christmas

Published on 11 February 2015 01:01 PM

No matter what your age, being loved and cared for is important to all of us.

"No one should have no one at Christmas"

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.

Yet for 55,000 older people in the South East  loneliness is a daily reality. And we don’t just mean at Christmas.

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 Dacorum 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.

How you can help

Volunteer as a Befriender

Refer a relative, friend or neighbour to our befriending service

Friendship Teas provide an opportunity for older people to socialise. Bringl your friends, relatives and neighbours to our Teas.

Donate towards providing a hot meal and activities at our Active Living Clubs

Spread the Warmth and donate towards providing emergency warmth packs (£10) or emergency heaters (£50) for vulnerable older people

To find out more on how you can change the lives of older people in Dacorum this Christmas, please call 01442 259049

You can help to change the lives of local people and make sure no one has no one at Christmas.

Make a donation

Age UK Dacorum provides a range of services and your gift will go where the need is greatest.