Don't be lonely at Christmas.
2021 - December, Latest news
Christmas holidays are fun and a great time for friends and families to get together and enjoy themselves. But for people who live alone it can be extremely difficult to see the celebrations going on around you but knowing you cannot join in.
This year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures that showed 5% of adults in the UK feel lonely, “often” or “always”. Surprisingly, although older people are seen as most likely to be affected, a high number of 16 - 24 year olds also reported being lonely.
PA Housing arranges lots of brilliant events for residents of all ages to ensure nobody is left alone. Some of the projects our Independent Living Teams have arranged include coffee mornings, laughter yoga, dance sessions, craft workshops, Christmas lunch for residents who would have been alone, and charity fashion show.
But there are lots of ways you can avoid loneliness, or make sure others aren’t lonely either.
- Try out festive crafts workshops. Meet new people while you learn a new skill.
- Reach out to an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. You never know, they might be dreading being on their own.
- Tell someone. It might seem obvious, but maybe everyone thinks you are busy all the time. If you’re going to be on your own, and you don’t want to be, tell somebody.
- Make a plan for what you’ll do over the break and how you can fill your time.
- Try to talk to at least one person a day - even if it’s just to chat to a shop assistant. Or start up a conversation with someone you pass in the street. Even a simple hello might make a difference to them.
- Several organisations arrange Christmas lunches for people who have nowhere to go. Offer to help.
- Check your neighbours. Knock on their doors and take round a Christmas card. Make sure they won’t be alone.
- Invite people to your home.
For more information visit www.campaigntoendloneliness.org