Demand for our friendship and advice services has soared since the coronavirus.
Help us to be there for many more people.
This Christmas and New Year, thousands of older people will be lonely, isolated and struggling. You can help us to be there for them.
Age UK Essex have been working hard throughout the year to be there for older people who need us. This year, it’s tougher than ever, and we really need your help. We want to continue to be there for every older person in Essex - but we need the support of our community to achieve this.
Here's how you can help
Donate to our Christmas Appeal because everyone should have someone to turn to.
A donation will support our work through Christmas and beyond; a regular gift will help us to do even more.
Now more than ever, everyone should have someone to turn to
Every penny raised by Age UK Essex stays in Essex to deliver local services to support our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbours throughout the county.
Older people have been among the hardest hit by Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions. Many were forced to ’shield’, while those with reduced mobility could not leave home without help - and some were simply too scared to leave the house. Confined to their home with no visitors allowed, the impacts of the pandemic have been amplified for this isolated group, causing anxiety, stress and deteriorating mental health, especially for those living alone.
As many as 80,000 older people in Essex are likely to be experiencing loneliness.
(according to a unique ‘Isolation Index’ developed by Essex County Council).
As an independent local charity, Age UK Essex has been supporting vulnerable older people for over 70 years, helping to reduce isolation and increase wellbeing, confidence, independence and happiness.
Since the onset of Covid-19 we have:
- Supported over 3,000 people with direct help, information and reassurance
- Completed over 12,000 wellbeing calls to vulnerable older people
- Delivered over 700 food parcels and emergency shopping
Inevitably, demand for our volunteer-led Befriending service and our Information and Advice service vastly increased as a direct result of Covid-19, with older people across the county turning to Age UK Essex to alleviate their social isolation and loneliness.
Joan is a carer for her husband who is living with dementia, they have been married for over 50 years. As a result of the Coronavirus crisis they have been unable to go to the clubs and groups that offered support and friendship. Christmas is going to be especially difficult this year as they are unable to see their family and friends. The friendship Joan now has with her Age UK Essex befriender has helped her feel more positive in herself and less isolated.
"My daughter says I am sounding much more positive these days, I feel so much more like my old self now... getting to know my befriender and talking every week has made me feel much happier..."
Before the outbreak of Covid-19, we were already facing a loneliness epidemic amongst older people. But as a result of the pandemic, this crisis has intensified.
We’re working hard to relieve the isolation and despair felt by so many, but this Christmas could be the loneliest yet for the older people most in need.
Help us to be there for them
Your donation will help us continue to be there for older people, their family, friends and carers, providing free and confidential advice and reducing loneliness and isolation.