Dorchester charity helping combat loneliness this winter

Dorchester charity helping combat loneliness this winter

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:01am 24th November 2019.

Age UK Dorchester wants to combat loneliness in older people this winter.

They're running activities, including lunch clubs and exercise classes.

And they're on hand to offer advice and support when there's no one else to turn to. 

The Age UK Dorchester social club on Prince of Wales Road will continue to open its doors over the festive season - including on Christmas Eve and in between Christmas and New Year. 

Age UK Dorchester

Loneliness in numbers

Age UK nationally has found: 

  • 203,000 older people in the South West can go for a month without meeting up with a friend
  • 41,000 over 65s in the region have not even had a conversation with family or friends over the same period.

Triggers

A spokesperson for Age UK said: 

"Although loneliness is by no means an inevitable part of ageing, difficult life events that many experience as they get older can be triggers for becoming more isolated and feeling lonelier. 

"These can include bereavement, serious illness, poverty or reducing mobility." 

Age UK Dorchester volunteers have also helped older people access over £10m in benefit payments they are entitled to, ensuring they don't live in poverty with declining physical and mental health.  

old hands

 

Reach out to a neighbour or friend

David Thorp from Age UK Dorchester is encouraging us to read out to the older people in our lives and communities. He said :

"There is far more awareness now of the problem of loneliness and as a result I think many families and friends make a real effort to be kind to older people, especially at this time of year.

"However, as research shows, sadly, some older people still have no one at all to turn to for advice or support.

"Shockingly, we are also finding cases where people have died alone, without any support. I believe this shouldn't happen in Dorset in 2019. We continue to reach out to those who are lonely, vulnerable and often suffering from depression, 365 days a year. "

Older people and their families or friends can call Age UK Dorchester on 01305 269444.

You can also find out more and support Age UK Dorchester by donating on their website.