Don’t be lonely this Christmas

Anyone who fears they may be lonely this Christmas is being urged to make use of a directory of events and activities available over the festive season.

The festive season is a time when families and friends traditionally get together but it can be tough for anyone who is on their own, not through choice.

Somerset Village Agents (part of the Community Council for Somerset) have put together a list of activities and events which are going on across Somerset over Christmas and New Year. These include Christmas dinners, carol concerts, festive markets, quiz nights, cake and coffee mornings, bingo and much more.

So, if you would like a bit of company and you don’t want to spend the festive period alone, visit: www.somersetrcc.org.uk/christmas to find an event near you.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Christmas can be a tough time for people who are already feeling lonely.

“If you are at a loose end and you want to spend time over Christmas and New Year in the company of others the Village Agents Christmas Directory is a great place to find an event to suit you.

“Somerset Village Agents and communities do an amazing job all year round to support people. They offer a whole range of activities to help people find connections in their local area and meet like-minded people. Whatever your interests there will be a group that is waiting to welcome you.”

Somerset County Council work in partnership with the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) to deliver the network of Village Agents, Community Agents and Carers Agents in the county.

Need help or support?

If you would like to know more about what care and support is available in your local area or you’d like to meet new people and get involved in local activities to keep healthy and well – visit a Community Connect Talking Café drop-in near you. The teams at Community Connect provide advice and help ‘connect’ you to support or activities in your local community that is suited to you and how you want to live your life. CCS’s Somerset Village Agents organise 12 Talking Cafes – for full details go to: www.somersetrcc.org.uk/talkingcafes or call the Adult Social Care customer services on 0300 123 2224. Or, stay up to date with the latest Talking Café news at www.facebook.com/talkingcafesomerset

If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, you can phone NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk

The Silver Line is always there for a confidential and free chat and they are ready to hear from any older person. Ring them on 0800 470 80 90. Lines are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Or you can phone Age UK Somerset to find out more about their befriending service on 01823 345618.