Staff at Lancashire County Council are organising a Christmas Party to combat loneliness in the county.
The event will take place next week on Tuesday 3rd December between 2-6pm and will happen at King Street Day Centre in Leyland.
There are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK and over 2.2 million people aged 75 and over living alone in Great Britain.
Heather from Lancashire County Council, one of the head organisers behind the event spoke to Preston Hub; “We’re appealing for anyone who is socially isolated, on their own and would benefit from something positive being done for them to make them feel special. There are many people sadly in Lancashire who might not get an opportunity to have a Christmas celebration this year, and our event on Tuesday is a great way of trying to prevent loneliness”.
“There are certain things that make people more likely to be isolated. A high portion of isolated people are either aged 65+, have mobility issues, lives alone or has no significant family members living within the local area.”
“This is about preventing loneliness and fighting isolation in our community.”
“We have a fab day planned with live flute music, a choir, 3 course meal, lots of fun and a therapy puppy in training! We also have a speaker about some of the activities that are available in the local community so that hopefully people can make links and get more involved in their community.”
“We may be able to arrange to sort transport for people. We need to know any dietary requirements.”
If you have anyone you would like to put forward please email CLCP@lancashire.gov.uk for more details.