Reverse Advent Calendar
During advent, we have a reverse advent calendar which means you don't get anything but instead you can give something. Click on the centre of the relevant square to see the suggestion for how you could give of your time or money to help local older people love later life this Christmas time. As each day is opened, it will reveal part of the fun Christmas picture. Thank you for your support. Everyone at Age UK Derby and Derbyshire wishes you a very happy Christmas.
1 Look down the back of the sofa, underneath the car seats, old handbags and jacket pockets and put the change in a jar. Commit to fill the jar with small change during December and donate what you have collected to AUKDD.
2 Smile at an older person you pass on the street or meet in your daily life.
3 Say hello and pass the time of day with an older person in the supermarket checkout or bus queue.
4 We are nearly at our target to provide Christmas Hampers for 50 older people living in Derby and Derbyshire. Perhaps you may want to donate? www.crowdfunder.co.uk/christmas-hampers-1
5 Write a Christmas card and deliver it to an older person living nearby (as people age their friends and family cards reduce). You don’t need to know their name.
6 Release your inner Mary Berry and bake a cake and donate it to a local Older People’s social group (you can find your nearest on Derbyshire Community Directory).
7 If you want to donate a small amount to us, an easy way is a donation by text...All you have to do is text the code AUDD22 followed by the amount to 70070. You can only text certain set amounts (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10). For example to donate £5, text AUDD22 £5 to 70070 More info
8 Contact your local faith or community group and offer to help at or donate to their Christmas Meal.
9 Donate a tombola prize to your local Age UK D&D day service to help them raise much needed funds.
10 With ice and snow remaining and lots more forecast over the next 24 hours, please check your neighbours are safe, warm and whether they need anything (if you can safely get out).
11 As it is so icy outside and many older people wont go out, give someone a ring to check they are ok
12 ‘Information Bomb’ your local waiting room! Take some of our Information and Advice Service leaflets or other service leaflets to somewhere you visit and leave them for older people and their carers to read.
13 Track down an old friend and get in touch to wish them ‘Merry Christmas’. Loneliness isn’t just an older peoples problem but it often starts in middle age when work and family life get in the way of other friendships.
14 Our work supports local older people to love later life. If you want to make a donation, there are lots of way you can do this listed on our website, including a new option of making a regular gift via CAF Donate. www.ageuk.org.uk/derbyandderbyshire/donate
15 Tweet or share on FB a health or wellbeing message to work colleagues and friends and help spread the word about winter warmth, flu jabs or loneliness.
16 Share a skill – teach an older person how to access catch-up TV, or text a message.
17 No One Should Have No One. Not at Christmas. Not ever. If you would like to make a donation to enable our services throughout the year, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/derbyandderbyshire/donate
18 Offer to be a ‘Winter Friend’ and arrange with an older neighbour or friend to fetch essential shopping or a prescription, bring in fuel and empty bins in wintry weather. The reassurance that someone will look out for them can bring a warm glow to an older person on the coldest of days.
19 Help children and young people spend time with older people. Take your playgroup to a Care Home to perform some songs, or your Cub Scouts to play board games with an older people’s club.
20 Take the first step to volunteering to help AUKDD’s work. Explore our website and learn about what we do. Consider whether you can give some time regularly or a one-off and get in touch.
21 Help us promote local fundraisers and events, use your facebook account, twitter, office noticeboard or a night out to spread the word.
22 At your Christmas get together and have a few party games to raise money for our work.
23 If you sell items on eBay did you know that you can also donate a percentage of your sale to Age UK Derby & Derbyshire? eBay will credit back to you an equivalent precentage of your seller fees after the sale.
24 See what you can do today to ensure that no one should have no one. You could either do something for an older person you know or donate to our work. Happy Christmas