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Help a neighbour this winter

Wednesday 16-12-2020 - 00:00

This year has been hard for everyone whether it be you are a student living away from home, a parent, carer, living alone or with family. We have seen communities come together support one another with anything they may needs.

Although the national lockdown is over many of the major cities are still in tier 3 including Huddersfield and its surrounding towns and cities which means the elderly will suffer the most.

There are lots of ways you can help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in your community. Volunteering for an organisation that supports older people is a key way of helping a lonely or socially isolated older person. But a simple friendly chat in a safe socially distanced space or phone call can make all the difference.

You can find more information on befriending an older person from these organisations:

Age UK has a network of local Age UK groups across the country that have opportunities for you to become either an Active Buddy, who helps someone become more physically active, a Befriender, who visits someone who lives alone, or a day centre helper.
Contact the Elderly holds monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for over-75s and needs volunteer drivers and hosts.
Independent Age will match you to an older person who you can then drop in on regularly for a coffee and a chat.
Royal Voluntary Service wants volunteers who can help an older person with little tasks, such as doing their shopping and taking their dog for a walk or delivering meals.
If you are worried about the person you are volunteering for ask if there's a relative or close friend, you can phone or call their doctor or NHS 111. You could also contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 009 966.

Most importantly remember to always stay safe!

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