People being encouraged to look out for the elderly over Christmas

Credit: Maria Rothes

Age Concern is advising the community on how to help the ones that are vulnerable across Lancashire, particularly in this period.

The charity helps thousands of people to live and age well, by helping them to improve their physical, emotional and social well being.

Loneliness and isolation become more prevalent in the winter, specifically at Christmas, so their priority is to ensure people are safe and well in their homes.

The charity is encouraging people to volunteer, by giving up a bit of their time to help in the services available.

Roger Jones, the Executive Director of Services, said: “People expect more services over the Christmas period, purely because they haven’t got as many visitors.

“On the TV, they will see happy families with everybody coming around to visit, and there are lots of people who get no visitors, so they feel more vulnerable.”

Age Concern offers a variety of services to support the elderly, such as befriending, home help and access to benefits.

It also has a well being service, which deals with old and young people who suffer from mild mental health problems.

Roger Jones said that loneliness and isolation amongst the elderly are a major cause of unhappiness and contribute towards physical and mental illness.

They have been doing promotional work and networking events, to emphasise the importance of looking out for the elderly.

The charity also has six shops, where money is raised to support people in the community who need it most.

Donations are welcomed, particularly in this busy period.

For more information on the services available and how to volunteer, visit http://www.ageisjustanumber.org.uk/.