Advances in technology are leading us to live more and more of our lives online.
Whether it’s liking someone’s social media status, signing an online petition, sharing a special offer, or even doing the entirety of your Christmas shopping without leaving the comfort of your own four walls. It can also be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. It can also help older people find help and information, stay updated with current events, learn new skills, and remain independent if getting out and about is a challenge.
However, digital technology still can’t quite measure up to real life interaction. It can’t beat asking how someone is in person. It can’t beat dropping round some mince pies to an elderly neighbour in thick snow like we’ve had this week and seeing if they need anything. It can’t beat taking the feelings of loneliness away on the one day of the year where we revel in being with loved ones, in being community-spirited.
That’s why this Christmas, I would like to challenge you to use a very specific piece of technology – our Community Christmas map https://communitychristmas.org.uk/map/ – to find a real-life connection.
If you’re an older person who is going to be alone on Christmas Day, and you’d rather not be, pop your postcode in at https://communitychristmas.org.uk/map/, and find your nearest Christmas Day event. Then, enquire about going along, or contact us and we’ll do what we can to help. A warm welcome, friendly atmosphere and good company awaits.
If you’re of a younger generation, why not help an older relative or neighbour access our wealth of information on the website? Alternatively, if you have plans this Christmas Day, could you set aside an hour from those plans to have a cup of tea with older neighbours? If you’re doing that, why not go a step further and take over a mince pie? Even that small act of kindness is sure to brighten someone’s day.
We believe that, used mindfully, technology is hugely empowering and can enable us to improve the world around us for the better. That’s why we set up the Community Christmas website https://communitychristmas.org.uk/map/, to help ensure that no older person unwillingly spends Christmas alone. Whoever you are, we really hope you use it.