Help to beat loneliness at Christmas

A national charity is encouraging people in Northumberland to organise activities so no older person is lonely this Christmas Day.

Friends of the Elderly is the official partner of Community Christmas, and is calling on people to organise events and activities across the county to be listed on the website.

Steve Allen from Friends of the Elderly, said: “A Christmas Day activity can be whatever you think people might enjoy – a Christmas lunch at your local community centre, a Christmas film screening in your village hall, or a Christmas walk around your local park – whatever you do will make someone’s Christmas Day one to remember.”

Caroline Billington, Founder of Community Christmas, added: “It is so fantastic when we get a call from an older person and are able to find a place where they will be welcomed on Christmas Day.

“Not only does this mean these older people have somewhere to go on Christmas Day but quite often we hear of them forming friendships to last them the whole year through, which is what is it all about.

“If you’re already organising an activity, make sure you contact Community Christmas so it can be listed on the website making it easier for older people to know what’s happening in Northumberland.”

Visit www.fote.org.uk/Christmas for details.