Dorset community helps support the half a million elderly people who spend Christmas alone every year.
Research conducted by Age UK shows a staggering half a million older people in the UK feel most alone at Christmas and more than a third of elderly people in Dorset feel affected by loneliness.
Last year, around 370 Christmas events took place around the country, 13 of which took place in Dorset, including areas such as Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage.
These events ranged from Christmas lunches to going for walks and watching Christmas films.
The Volunteer Centre Dorset is part of a national network of volunteer centres. The centre runs a project during the festive period called Company at Christmas.
The project seeks the support of local people to attend a range of Christmas events for the elderly in the community, in order to tackle social isolation at Christmas and provide them with a sense of companionship.
Our Christmas lunches are always over-subscribed with volunteers”
The centre’s aim for the project is to provide “company, a hot meal, conversation, entertainment, transport and a sense of belonging on Christmas Day to elderly people who would otherwise be alone.”
Deputy Manager for the Volunteer Centre Dorset, Mr Craig Womble said: “Support from the community is brilliant. Our Christmas lunches are always over-subscribed with volunteers, and we actually have to turn people away.”
The centre encourages as many people to volunteer as possible and also really appreciates cash or gift donations which are suitable for the older generation.
To find out how you can get involved, visit the Volunteer Centre Dorset website at http://www.volunteeringdorset.org.uk
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