We think The Samaritans’ ‘Brew Monday’ campaign is a fantastic way to help tackle loneliness, especially among the elderly, so we’re encouraging the kind folk of Wales to check in on their neighbours, friends or family members and have a cuppa and catch up.
This time of year is known for being more depressing as there is a bit of a lull after the Christmas celebrations and the weather is constantly gloomy. This means it’s the perfect time for getting together with others.
It doesn’t have to be a Monday, it can be any day you fancy. You can even turn it into a regular event. That way you all have something to look forward to. Try taking it outside and head to a café or enjoy a flask of tea alfresco.
Loneliness is currently an epidemic across England and Wales. We need to do all we can for anyone that might live alone and not see or speak to family for long periods of time.
We can guarantee that whatever you do with an older person, will really brighten up their day.
People can even raise money for The Samaritans by hosting events where people can connect over a cuppa. Fundraising kits are available from https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/.
The number of people aged 50 plus experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/26 according to the Campaign to End Loneliness. There are currently 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK.
The National Survey for Wales showed that 17% of people in Wales were lonely. Also, 54% of people experienced some feelings of loneliness.