Christmas is a time for giving – here are four simple things you can do to make a difference and help the elderly this winter.
1) Share a meal
Older, isolated people often need a hand cooking for themselves, so why not take round an extra plate of hot home-cooked food, or a frozen portion they can heat up or microwave?
Try to provide the meal in a container that you don’t need back – it’s hard work for both of you to keep track of serving bowls.
Community Christmas is a charity that believes that unless they want to be, no elderly person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day. They help people to organise community Christmas lunches – all of which need volunteers.
Click HERE and find your local community Christmas lunch in Dorset. If you can’t find one, maybe next year you could start your own – lots of information and advice on how to get started can be found on their website.
3) Spare Chair Sunday
Contact the Elderly has teamed up with Bisto to run their ‘Spare Chair Sunday’ campaign – encouraging people to offer a ‘spare chair’ at their Sunday lunch tables for a delicious warm meal together.
If you have a ‘Spare Chair’ and would like to get involved visit Contact the Elderly
4) Donate to a Care Home or Lunch Club
National Care Home providers Abbeyfield run their ‘Companionship at Christmas’ campaign. They open the doors of their care homes across the country and invite any older people who might otherwise be alone over the Christmas period to join in with their festivities.
They couldn’t do this without the generosity of public donations and volunteers. If you’d like to get involved or know an older person who might benefit then click HERE for more information.
There will be many lunch clubs and groups in your area who would benefit from food and present donations at Christmas. Age UK Dorset should be able to point you in the right direction of those in need.
Visit our Dorset pages to find out free, impartial advice on all aspects of elderly care.