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Please don’t be lonely this christmas

by | Dec 9, 2023 | WellBN

Activities this Christmas

Reengage, The Bevvy, St Vincent Du Paul, The Old Boat and Brighton & Hove Switchboard are supporting people aged 50+ over the festive period to make sure that no one has to feel alone between Christmas and New Year when many services are closed.

The following sessions are available to book onto with limited spaces by the 22nd December. Please get in contact to book rowan.hillier@ageukwsbh.org.uk or call 0800 019 1310

22nd Dec – The Bevvy Xmas party 12pm-2:30pm 50 Hillside, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 4TF (Welcome to stay on after lunch) In partnership with the Bevvy (9 Spaces left)

22nd Dec – Winter Warmer at Tower House 10:30am-12:30pm 265-267 Towergate, London Road, Brighton, BN1 6WT In partnership with St Vincent Du Paul

29th Dec – Winter Warmer at Tower House 10:30am-12:30pm 265-267 Towergate, London Road, Brighton, BN1 6WT In partnership with St Vincent Du Paul

29th Dec – Fish & Chip Lunch 12pm-2:30pm 50 Hillside, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 4TF (Welcome to stay on after lunch) In partnership with the Bevvy

For those who are alone on Christmas Day, please find details of events below: (Thanks to Brighton Food Partnership for pulling the listing attached together):

Hove Salvation Army – The hall will be open from 10.30am to 3.30pm for people to come and go as they please. There will be a service with carols, then a traditional Christmas lunch (veggie option available) served from about 12.30pm. After lunch there will also be some table quizzes/games and generally a relaxed time of being together. Everyone welcome and the cost is FREE. Also open on the 22nd between 1pm-3pm.

Hove Methodist Church – Free Christmas Day Lunch. Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, Hove, have provided a hot dinner to 100 plus people on Christmas Day for over 50 years and this year is no different. We welcome guests from 12.15 onwards, lunch with all the Christmas trimmings is served at 1pm followed by entertainment and carol singing. The afternoon is rounded off with hot drinks and Christmas cake, a visit from Father Christmas and Christmas present. The guests head home around 3.30. Our drivers are all volunteers and will bring and take home our guests if they require transport in the BN3 & BN41 areas surrounding Hove. Booking a place – If you are going to be on your own or know someone that will be on Christmas Day please contact JJ in the church office on 01273324600 or office@hovemethodistchurch.co.uk to book a place. The day is free.

Silverline will still be running over the festive week you can call them here for telephone befriending 0800 4 70 80 90

Telephone befriending over the period: 020 7240 0630 Referral form: refer older people suffering from loneliness and isolation (reengage.org.uk)

Why reengage?

As we get older, our social circles diminish, and we find ourselves with fewer and fewer people to turn to. Imagine realising one day that all your friends and family have gone from your life. Loneliness can be cruel, and it affects millions of people over 75 who live in social isolation.

Re-engage is making life less lonely for thousands of older people every year. Older people tell us that our volunteer-led activities make them happier and more able to trust others.

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