Saying ‘Hello’ isn’t just for Christmas …
So, when you’re ready to pop that sealed envelope containing a Christmas card through your elderly neighbour’s letter box, just ring the bell instead, say ‘Hello’ and introduce yourself to your neighbour.
Don’t seal envelopes – some elderly people will struggle to open them.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Christmas Spirit became an everyday pastime? Being part of a community benefits everyone involved.
According to Age UK, ‘Around 1 million older people regularly go an entire month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. On their own. Forgotten’
Things we could offer to do:
When Christmas shopping, is there a small gift you could buy for a lonely neighbour?
Call on your neighbour when you’re going food shopping – ask if they need something.
Could you help your neighbour – put out the bins? – change a lightbulb? – gardening?
Could you invite a lonely neighbour into your home for a cup of tea?
Have you been baking or cooking? Have your children been baking at school? Taking home baked biscuits to your neighbour can be a great way to introduce yourself and your family.
Chatting or sharing time together can be uplifting for a person who lives alone.
Could you share new technology? – Use your laptop to help an elderly neighbour connect with distant family or friends.
Could you set up a skype call?
Show your neighbour school reunion websites – Could you help your neighbour connect with long-lost friends?
Put your neighbour in touch with community groups.
Age UK http://www.ageuk.org.uk
Silverline http://www.thesilverline.org.uk HELPLINE: Tel: 0800 4 70 80 90
Royal Voluntary Service http://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/get-help
If you are lonely ~
Phone a friend.
Volunteer for a community group.
Accept invitations – joining in with other people can often help us feel more uplifted.
Skype family or friends.
Join in with a fundraising challenge.
Get some fresh air – Join a fitness or walking group.
Bake and share. Do you have an elderly neighbour who may be glad of some company?