Christmas is a time when people can often feel lonely. There’s no single reason why, but whatever the reason, feeling isolated really isn’t good for our wellbeing. Medical evidence shows that socially active people are far more likely to enjoy better general health.
So why not follow one of our five top tips to get social and active this Christmas?
1- Did you know that there are local community transport schemes to help you get out and about? There are many operating across the county. South Staffordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands boast two bookable ‘Connect’ bus services. Convenient door to door friendly travel at low prices, and they’re wheelchair friendly too.
2 – You could join the Casserole Club. A simple scheme which matches local amateur cooks with isolated diners. Prepare an extra portion then share the joy throughout the year, or sign up to benefit from having a home cooked meal. We recommend a hot meal a day as one of the ways to also keep warm at Christmas, along with other keep warm this winter ideas here.
3 – Age UK South Staffordshire (01785 788 477) and North Staffordshire (01782 286 209) can help with lots of local advice. There are always events listed on their websites which can offer an easy way to meet new people and make new friends. Give them a call.
4 – For general advice call Silver Line. This national charity is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. Open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call any time on 0800 470 80 90.