El­derly make Con­tact

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

EL­DERLY peo­ple who may be fac­ing a Christ­mas alone this year are be­ing urged to join a so­cial group.

The Chal­font St Giles branch of Con­tact the El­derly which caters for peo­ple over 75 has ex­tended its gath­er­ings from once a month to ev­ery fort­night due to an in­crease in mem­bers.

Group leader Waseem Sadique says over the past year it has helped many peo­ple out of iso­la­tion, in­clud­ing one woman who only had 30 min­utes of hu­man con­tact over a 10-day pe­riod.

Mr Sadique said: “Lone­li­ness cer­tainly is be­com­ing more of a prob­lem. If it is a prob­lem, talk to neigh­bours be­cause most peo­ple would not al­low it to hap­pen. Just let it be known to oth­ers that this is the sce­nario.”

The group cur­rently has about 10 vol­un­teers and is call­ing for more driv­ers to help pick up its mem­bers.

Mr Sadique added: “Some­times you get asked if there is re­li­gion or money in­volved. There is nei­ther which puts their minds at rest.”

Con­tact Mr Sadique on 07808 174767 or waseems@rus­sell­phillips.co.uk.

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