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 Rotherham, 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.
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 Rotherham 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 various services or providing 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 Rotherham provides crucial companionship, advice and support to thousands of people 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 Rotherham this Christmas, please call 01709 786 952 to find out how you can make a difference or, visit our donation 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 Rotherham provides a range of services and your gift will go where the need is greatest.