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|It’s difficult to be ‘Merry’ on your own|
982,200 of people aged over 60 feel lonelier at Christmas time, according to new figures from Age UK. And to highlight what a difficult time Christmas is for many older people, BHF have released two short films with actors James Bolam MBE and Miriam Margolyes OBE.
The films show the actors narrating real-life stories of loneliness to support Age UK’s No one should have no one at Christmas campaign. These poignant films are the real personal stories of Roy and Janet, who are supported by Age UK’s telephone befriending service that provides weekly friendship calls.
Age UK’s telephone befriending service relies on dedicated volunteers who are matched to lonely and isolated older people based on shared interests, and make regular phone calls to offer friendship, support and practical advice. Although loneliness is a problem all year round, the Charity is calling on people to remember those facing Christmas alone by pledging their support for the campaign.In addition a new quality standard NICE urges councils, housing organisations and the voluntary sector to work together to identify vulnerable older people. Those most at risk should be directed to dancing or swimming clubs; arts groups or singing programmes or helping with reading in schools; as well as volunteering and befriending programmes