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Community Christmas has a vision that no older person in the UK should be alone on
Christmas Day unless they want to be.
We hope that by linking people with their communities on Christmas Day they
will create connections that will last into the future.
Christmas really can change lives and we hope we can work together to achieve that change.
As part of trying to achieve that vision we offer a free website listing to anyone doing something on Christmas Day. Last year we listed over 500 activities on Christmas day, which we estimate benefited approximately 15,500 over 75s. With half a million older people facing Christmas Day alone, and many others of all ages, and many of whom are socially isolated during the rest of the year, we need to do more.
We are well into our 2017 process and are trying to ensure that we have as many events and activities as possible listed on our website so that older people, or those that care about them, can do a post code search to find out what is going in their area. Of course loneliness can affect all ages and many of the events we list are for all ages or welcome younger people who might want to help out as volunteers.
Please share this link with your contacts so that anyone organising a
Christmas day activity can register their details directly or email details
of anything you know about to
We will then contact the organisers to confirm their details and ensure
they are happy to be included on the free listings.
You can also take this chance to knock on a neighbours door and get to know them over a mince pie. If either of you would like somewhere else to go on Christmas Day you can do a postcode search on the Community Christmas website to see what is in your area.
Millions of us will be lonely this Christmas
... but it shouldn’t be hidden behind closed doors.
Sharing a mince pie and a chat with someone who might be suffering could make all the difference. This is the Christmas edition of The Great Get Together and we’re calling it #MincePieMoments.
Director, Jo Cox Foundation
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness
just released a call to action
in the form of a report entitled
combatting loneliness one conversation at a time
find out more