No one should have no one 2017At Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, we believe no one should have no one. Not at Christmas. Not ever.

For many older people in Shropshire, Christmas Day will be like any other – they won’t see any friends or family; they will have no one to share dinner with and no one to talk to.

For at least 15,000 older people in our county loneliness is a daily reality. And not just at Christmas either.

Feeling invisible

Across England, 1.9 million 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 Shropshire, we are 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 Help at Home scheme, day centres, befriending services 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 Shropshire Telford & Wrekin provides crucial companionship, advice and support to more than 16,000 older people every year.

'Living alone means molehills can become mountains. It’s lovely to be able to go to someone and talk out your problems. And Age UK are there for me.' – Muriel, aged 96.

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 right across Shropshire this Christmas, please call 01743 233 123 or click on the donate button to make a secure donation online.

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

By supporting us this Christmas, you can help to change the lives of local people for the better all year round.

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