Crompton Place to address loneliness at Christmas event with Age UK Bolton
Shopping centre is supporting the charity’s ‘No One Should Have No One’ campaign
Crompton Place is holding a special Christmas get-together for older members of the community next week in support of the Age UK campaign, ‘No One Should Have No One’.
‘A Christmas day at Crompton Place with Age UK Bolton’ on Friday 15 December, is an event where beneficiaries of the charity and members of the public are invited to the shopping centre – from 11am to 2pm – for a festive day with refreshments, games and a quiz with prizes to be won.
The centre has organised the drop-in day to help raise further awareness about Age UK’s latest campaign, No One Should Have No One. New research by the charity shows that more than 130,000 older people in the North West feel lonelier at Christmas time
“On hearing about the charity’s No One Should Have No One campaign, we wanted to get involved and help raise awareness about its message,” said Paula Wood, Crompton Place Centre Manager. “Christmas is when families and friends make an extra special effort to get together and it’s incredibly heartbreaking to think there are so many older people who are alone during what should be the most wonderful time of the year.
“Age UK always deliver thought-provoking campaigns, but at Christmastime there’s additional poignancy when it comes to loneliness and isolation as it’s a time associated with warmth and happiness.”
Nearly half of the older people in the North West surveyed for Age UK – equating to more than 620,000 people aged 65 and over – feel their days can be repetitive. Based on the survey, the charity estimates that more than 105,000 people aged 65 and over in the North West don’t see or hear from someone for days on end over the festive period.
Suzanne Hilton, Chief Executive Officer at Age UK Bolton, said: “Loneliness doesn’t only affect older people over the Christmas period, but because most of us expect to spend this time of the year enjoying ourselves with family and friends it can make those who are unwillingly on their own feel all the more left out and miserable.
“For many lonely older people the festive season also brings back memories of happier times in years gone by, reminding them of partners and other close relatives and friends who are no longer around and who they sorely miss.
“When the team at Crompton Place approached us about putting on the event we were thrilled,” Suzanne continued: “It’s a lovely chance for older generations to enjoy a few hours of fun and feel the Christmas spirit with people they may never would have crossed paths with ordinarily.”
Paula added: “We’re really excited to welcome friends of Age UK and local residents to the centre. The idea is to capture all the best parts of a classic Christmas Day with the family and do what we can to create wonderful, new festive season memories for those who may miss out on all the merriment and feelings of togetherness.”
The charity will be looking to recruit volunteers for its befriending service so attendees will have the chance to speak with the team about how to get involved, and its falls prevention co-ordinator will too be on-hand with information and leaflets.
Ambition for Ageing Bolton – working in partnership with Age UK Bolton – will also be in attendance to highlight its commitment to creating age-friendly communities and generating ways to build stronger community connections for people over 50.
‘A Christmas day at Crompton Place with Age UK Bolton’ is an event for older people and the local community to enjoy some fun, games and nibbles together from 11am to 2pm on Friday 15 December in support of the charity’s, No One Should Have No One campaign. For the programme of activities, please visit www.crompton-place.co.uk
For further details on Age UK Bolton, how to get involved as a volunteer and more, please head to www.ageuk.org.uk/bolton.