For many of us, Christmas is a time of joy and excitement. From putting up the tree, wrapping your Christmas gifts, to planning how you’ll spend the big day!
However, for some the Christmas period can be a very lonely and isolating time. It may be the lady at the end of the street you say hello to every morning on your way out, or the old man you see popping out every Sunday to get his paper.
So how can you help? – many small gestures can make people in your local community feel less alone around the festive period.
Here are ways you can help bring your community closer:
1, Arrange a Christmas Coffee Morning at your local community centre
Utilising your local community centre for group activities can be low cost, or even free, and gives you and your fellow neighbours a chance to get to know one another, helping to create a greater sense of community spirit and wellbeing. Knowing that you can rely on your neighbours, especially if you are elderly can be a huge relief. If you can’t book a community centre, you can always host a Christmas coffee morning at home!
2, Pop in to your elderly neighbours with some mince pies
It can seem daunting knocking on a neighbour’s door, especially if you’ve never had a real conversation. To your elderly neighbours, it may be the best thing that’s happened to them all day. A quick chat (maybe even a cup of tea), can be just what the doctor ordered and brighten their spirits this festive period.
3, Give a Helping Hand
Popping out to the shops? If you know any elderly or vulnerable people in your neighbourhood, knocking on their door and checking whether they need anything can really help. Whether it’s just a loaf of bread or a pint of milk, it could make a huge difference to someone who finds it hard to get out - especially in the cold weather.
4, Have a Christmas get-together
If you like to host get-togethers – Christmas is the perfect excuse to invite your neighbours over for a few hours. Get the mulled wine and mince pies out, and everything else will fall into place! It’s the perfect setting for you and your neighbours to be brought closer.
5, Invite a neighbour round for Christmas
Do you know a neighbour who lives alone and may be spending Christmas Day without family around? If you have a spare seat at the dinner table, inviting them over for Christmas lunch is a great gesture. After all, Christmas time is about giving! It could be the best Christmas present they receive this year!
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