Join us for some fes­tive friendship

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

IT is that time of the year again; the nights are clos­ing in, the shops start play­ing their fes­tive mu­sic and the more or­gan­ised of us be­gin to start think­ing about present shop­ping.

All things point to Christ­mas – a time for to­geth­er­ness, fes­tiv­ity and fun; a time to spend with friends and fam­ily and a time to eat, drink and be merry.

Sadly, for many older peo­ple, the re­al­ity is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, with a large num­ber of over-55s say­ing that lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion is one of their most prom­i­nent wor­ries across the fes­tive pe­riod.

That’s why my char­ity, The Abbey­field So­ci­ety, started Com­pan­ion­ship at Christ­mas; our an­nual drive to both high­light and al­le­vi­ate this is­sue by en­cour­ag­ing our houses and homes in Coven­try to open their doors and of­fer free fes­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, hot meals and friendship.

So if you, or a friend or rel­a­tive, might be alone this Christ­mas, we would be ab­so­lutely de­lighted to wel­come you in across the ad­vent pe­riod to spend time with res­i­dents, meet the staff and get in­volved in the events and ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place.

We’re al­ways look­ing for volunteers to help spread the fes­tive cheer, too.

Do check out our web­site to see what is go­ing on near you, or call 01727 734144. David McCullough Chief ex­ec­u­tive, The Abbey­field So­ci­ety

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