‘Thinking of You at Christmas’ and ‘Holidays at Home’:
Silverline report a big increase in loneliness calls to their helpline at Christmas and during July and August (when many working professionals and families are away).
Our seasonal activities aim to fill this gap.
For example, 280 older people were provided with a befriending visit and Christmas meal on Christmas day or supported (with transport to attend a special Christmas event).
Our first ‘Holiday at Home’ trialled in 2019 was an invitation to our members who no longer go on holiday due to being alone, living on a tight budget or due to health or mobility issues. In August 2019, 77 older people came to our first ‘cruise ship’ holiday, with 22 volunteers as crew helping to create a holiday experience from the décor, through to refreshments, photo booths and activities. Much fun had by all!