‘Happy to chat’ benches to combat loneliness

Avon & Somerset Police have rolled out ‘chat benches’ in Burnham-on-Sea, Taunton and Weston-super-Mare in a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation within the communities in these areas. Benches in Taunton’s Vivary Park, along Burnham-on-Sea’s seafront and in Weston-super-Mare’s Ashcombe Park, have had plaques attached with a sign that reads ‘The happy to chat bench […]

Royal Mail’s ‘Feet on the Street’ campaign to tackle loneliness

The Royal Mail has recently been trialling a new campaign to help tackle loneliness in older people. With 18% of the population now being over the age of 65 and many of them living alone, the Royal Mail has teamed up with Liverpool City Council and around 100 volunteers who are age 65 or over. […]

Do you know who I am poem

Our talented poet and carer, Dave William’s, has penned another poem for us to share with you. This time he’s written it from the eyes of an elderly gentleman: As I sit slumped in my chair in front of you Do you know who I am? In my mind’s eye I’m still me, But all […]

Can a care robot boost independence and reduce loneliness?

A culturally aware robot called Pepper, created by third year robotics and science students at Middlesex University, has recently spoken in Parliament about how it and other robots can care for the nation’s elderly populations in care homes and at home. During a recent Education Committee meeting Pepper explained that another similar robot is part […]

Pop a note in the post for an elderly person

When was the last time you received a letter or note in the post from a friend or family member? Something handwritten that someone didn’t dash off but that they spent time crafting and was popped in a cheery card that you could place with love on your mantelpiece, desk or pinboard? Many elderly folk […]

We’re supporting National Pet Month

We’re supporting this year’s National Pet Month (April 1 until May 7, 2018) and celebrating the benefits of pets for the nation. Pets help reduce depression and can help prevent loneliness, which is extremely important among our service users and the elderly in general. We’re big advocates of elderly people being able to stay in […]

Activities for the elderly to do at Easter

Last week we blogged about the importance of helping the elderly feel less alone at Easter, so if you’re planning on having an elderly relative, friend or neighbour over to your house or you’re planning on paying them a visit and spending the day together, then we’ve put together some helpful ideas for activities you […]

How you can help the elderly feel less alone at Easter

Much like Christmas, Easter can be a particularly lonely time for the elderly, especially for those who live alone. For many gone are the days of watching the children hunt for Easter eggs around the house or tucking into an Easter Sunday lunch with the whole family around the table. At Easter many people and […]

We’re encouraging visits to the elderly this Easter

Alongside Christmas, Easter can be one of the loneliest times of the year for the elderly, which is why we’re encouraging people to check in on their elderly relatives and neighbours over the break. At Easter people take advantage of the long weekend to book two week holidays or to get stuck into household projects […]

Activities to do with a lonely elderly person on Valentine’s Day

While many of us indulge in gifts, flowers and a romantic meal out on Valentine’s Day, there are many people, the elderly in particular, who find it to be a difficult day as they have lost a partner. If you have a parent or a friend/neighbour who has lost a loved-one, it’s a good idea […]