'No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted' - Aesop
’I found it very comforting to think that people cared’ - gift bag recipient
Half a million older people go at least five or six days each week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all (Age UK 2016) and two fifths of all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK 2014). Little or no social contact is harmful to our physical and mental health. Loneliness is seen by many as one of the largest health concerns we face and finding ways to prevent and alleviate loneliness and social isolation are vital.
Loneliness contributes to higher levels of distress, resulting from people’s sense of isolation and reduced ability to connect with others. Older people often say they feel forgotten and ignored, with little social contact.
You can make a difference. Together we can help an older person feel less lonely and isolated. Your message and those of your family and friends will be included in our gift bags this winter.
Please write your message of kindness in the form below and connect our community with kindness.