Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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Christmas and New Year can be a lonely time for many people. Everyone else seems to be cheerful and the media gives relentless messages that this is a time for happiness. But not everyone feels it. Many people feel lonely, and isolated.
There are many reasons why this happens. It can happen after retirement or the loss of a loved one, because social circles tend to shrink as we get older, or because of problems with health and mobility.
On this page we take a look at ways in which older people can tackle loneliness and isolation at this time of year.
We've put together a list of local organisations who can offer you opportunities to get out and about and meet people. There's suggestions for getting help with transport if you find it difficult to get out and about. And we've suggested ways in which you can stay in touch with other people even if you struggle to leave the house.
If you or somebody you know is feeling lonely or isolated then read this page and find out what's going on locally.
And you can also find special Christmas events in our Events calendar.
Day centres and local hubs regularly hold activities and events where residents can meet people, get free information and advice, and stay active.
Age UK Westminster promotes the well-being of older people in the London borough of Westminster. This local service provides:
Open Age Westminster - community hubs and more.
Open Age offers services to anyone aged 50 or older.
The charity provides a wide range of physical, creative and mentally stimulating activities to enable older people to develop new skills, fulfil their potential, and encourage social interaction, thus helping reduce loneliness, isolation and depression.
The organisation operates across a number of sites including:
The Penfold Street hub
The Penfold Community Hub is in Westminster, where anyone over the age of 50 can drop in and take part in over 100 weekly activities, find out about other services, and get the information they need to help them to stay independent and live a healthy and active life.
The Pullen Day Centre
The Pullen Day Centre offers day care for 25 physically frail older people a day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.On Thursdays they offer support for 20 people with dementia.
Open Age Kensington and Chelsea
Open Age has sites offering activities across Kensington and Chelsea. These include:
Quest Day Centre
Quest offers a varied programme of activities for elderly members, with the aim of maintaining or restoring independent living skills. Typical services on offer include the popular Lunch Club, visits by a community psychiatric nurse trips to the theatre/cinema, day trips and annual holidays.
Age UKKensington and Chelsea Age UK run a range of activities and services across Kensington and Chelsea, including befriending services, escorting, shopping services, lunch groups, events, classes and activities
Age UKHammersmith and Fulham Age UK run a range of activities and services across Hammersmith & Fulham including befriending services, shopping services, lunch groups, events, classes and activities
Open AgeOpen Age now run services and activities in Hammersmith & Fulham - classes include Line Dance, Creative Expectations, Computer Skills plus a Film Club. Open Age Steady and Stable sessions have also now started in the area.
Friends on the phone
Some organisations now offer you the change to get to know new people over the phone, and to join in phone discussion groups on the things which interest you. Open Age organise local discussion groups. And Independent Age and Friends of the Elderly both do this nationally.
If you are struggling to get out and about, and find it hard to use public transport, then take a look at our Travel and transport section for suggestions on a variety of ways in which you might be able to get to where you want to be, and do the things you want to do.
London is a very cosmopolitan city; if you want to spend some time with people with a similar cultural background to your own then take a look at our page on Black and ethnic minority activity and social groups for some ideas.
There are a number of organisations offering support and social opportunities for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people, including some organisations supporting older people. Have a look at our page on LGBT+ activity and social groups to find out more.
If you are stuck at home, then many organisations organise volunteers who can come and visit you in your home on a regular basis for a chat - go to our page on Befriending services to find out more.
The Royal Voluntary Service's campaign aims to put people in touch with friendly volunteers and local events and activities this Christmas
In our Events section we are trying to gather together information on a wide range of activities and events in the local community, things which you might want to do regardless of health problems or age. Take a look and see if anything grabs your fancy.
Have a look at our other holiday period information and advice