We support groups who help isolated older people throughout Winter.
About the project
Age Cymru needs help to support our annual winter celebrations for older people in Wales.
The combination of cold weather and dark evenings can discourage many older people from leaving their homes, getting involved in social activities or seeing any family members. Financial hardship can also be a barrier to socialising for older people as many struggle to afford the higher fuel bills of winter.
In the past, through various fundraising schemes, the charity has developed a pot of money and invited various lunch clubs, community groups and other forums of older people to bid for small grants of up to £200 to hold some form of social celebration during the winter months.
The celebration could be in the form of a Christmas lunch, a trip to the theatre, or even a day trip to a leisure park, in fact anything that encourages older people to get out of their homes and meet like minded people during the potentially long and lonely winter months.
We have lots of evidence showing that once older people make the decision to attend a winter celebration that they tend to get involved in other activities and events organised by that particular group and thereby break out of their life of loneliness and isolation. Such a small step can help transform the quality of life for an older person as they start to form new friendships, try new activities, and even learn more about the benefits they are entitled to claim.
During the winter of 2013, more than 1500 older people across Wales benefitted from our winter grants.
The charity supports a network of up to 20,000 older people, consults regularly with more than 250 care homes, operates a comprehensive information and advice service, organises a range of healthy ageing and creative activities, and works closely with all levels of government to ensure older people have a voice in the decision making processes. So you can see that we touch the lives of thousands of older people throughout Wales on a regular basis and with your help we can continue this important work.