Many are in the pipeline, whilst a few are only sparks of an idea, and often we’re faced with misconceptions about what’s involved.
Some of these misconceptions and misunderstandings can stand in the way of individuals or organisations taking action and doing something for older people in their communities on Christmas Day.
So, we’re revisiting our myth busting blog from 2015 in order to share what we’ve learnt over the years, and hopefully get more people motivated to do something.
Here are our first five common myths busted, with five more to come next week.
- People won’t be able to get to us
An older person may be able to drive, particularly during daylight hours, but they need to know where to go to be assured of a warm welcome.
If you are an individual or organisation wanting to do something for your community this Christmas contact us and we will help you discover how to make a wish into a reality.
- We’ll never get any volunteer helpers
Many people of all ages want Christmas Day to be different – those that are younger often volunteer. We have never yet heard of an event cancelling due to a shortage of volunteers.
- We haven’t got time to arrange a Christmas lunch
We encourage a focus on companionship not just food. A cold buffet, informal ‘picnic’, Quiz morning or tea and Christmas cake can all be done at short notice and flexibly meet the needs of one older person or a whole community.
- We can’t offer a free event
Whilst some won’t be able to afford to pay to attend an event, having money doesn’t prevent loneliness – booking a table for 1 at an expensive restaurant is lonely though.
- What’s the point of a website when trying to help older people?
Many older people have embraced the challenge of using a computer but often a concerned a neighbour, carer or distant relative may do a search for them. Even libraries have been known to help and our call centre is there to take phone enquiries.
We hope that we’ve busted some myths for you here, please come back next week when we’ll try and remove more obstacles to you getting involved.