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Help us to reduce loneliness this Christmas

Nobody deserves to be alone over the festive period 

It is everybody's responsibility to tackle social isolation and loneliness, and especially, to look out for our loved ones, family members, friends, colleagues or neighbour who may be vulnerable or a risk of social isolation. 

Christmas is a particularly hard time to find yourself alone, so here's just some of the things to consider when helping a loved one.

Help Them Be Winter Ready

If a loved one is lonely or vulnerable, they might find themselves at risk when Winter, especially bad weather, hits. You can support a lonely person by ensuring they have adequate medication and food, a plan for emergency transport should they need it, warm clothes and other provisions. You can find a full guide on how to be 'winter prepared' HERE

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Give the Gift of Christmas Lunch

Can you imagine having no-one to spend Christmas day with? This is the reality of so many Doncaster residents. 

If you have a spare seat or room for another at your Christmas dinner table, why not consider a good deed and  invite a lonely family member, friend or neighbour? Altneratively, there are a number of community-based Christmas lunches being offered across the below. Find out more below:

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Give the Gift of Technology

Struggling for Christmas gift ideas this year? We hear from two Doncaster residents below, who talk about how their voice assist device helps them stay active and connected with their community!

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Give the Gift of Independence

Often people with barriers such as disabilities, long-term injuries, mental and physical health conditions and others can find themselves socially isolated and stuck at home, and a simple piece of equipment or a service can support them to get back their independence. If you're considering gifts for loved ones, why not consider some assistive equipment or technology? Our 'equipment house' can help you to find the right thing for your loved ones HERE

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Give the Gift of Company

If you're unable to commit to anything else this festive season, why not give the gift of company or consider it a New Year's Resolution to spend more time with our lonely family members, friends and neighbours, even if it's just popping in for a weekly cuppa and a catch up. If busy schedules won't allow, why not support your loved one by finding a new community group, hobby or local activity for them on our directory of over 1500 Doncaster community groups and services HERE be it a befriending service, a local arts and crafts session or a support group for a medical condition, there's something for everyone!

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Top Tips to Helping Us Reduce Social Isolation

We can all contribute and help Keep People Safe by being the eyes and ears in our communities and watching out for each other. 

To report a safeguarding concern go to http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/doitonline/reporting-a-safeguarding-concern

To report a concern about someone’s wellbeing email wellbeing@doncaster.gov.uk or for advice 01302 735553

For more information on services to keep people well, safe and connected explore this website using the links below

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