Worcestershire Residents urged to check on elderly and vulnerable this Easter

Man opens door and looks worried Published Wednesday, 17th April 2019

The bank holiday is the perfect time to get away for a few days or catch up on odd jobs around the house, but often during this period our elderly or vulnerable family and friends can get forgotten.

Loneliness affects more than 1 million older people nationally and around 35,000 in Worcestershire.

Knowing how to help isn’t easy, but even just a friendly chat can make all the difference to someone suffering from social isolation.

Another way to make a difference over Easter is to help an elderly friend or neighbour to the supermarket, or make sure they have enough food and toiletries to last with shorter shop opening hours.

Avril Wilson Director of Adult Services at Worcestershire County Council said, “Just like Christmas time, Easter can be a lonely time for elderly and vulnerable people.

“We can all play a role in helping those people in our community feel a little less lonely, and whilst it’s important to do this throughout the year, Easter is a great opportunity to get together and spend time with friends and family.

“Spending just a little time supporting elderly and vulnerable people in your life and making them feel valued can make all the difference."

Reconnections is a free service that may be able to help someone you know connect to other people, places or activities near them.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference and help, reconnections are also looking for volunteers.

You can contact Reconnections here 01905 740954 or visit www.reconnectionsservice.org.uk