Grants up for grabs to tackle loneliness suffered by elderly people

STAFFORDSHIRE Community Foundation is offering a share of £135,000 to organisations devoted to tackling loneliness suffered by the elderly.

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are up for grabs and more information can be obtained by calling 01785 339450 or log onto www.staffsfoundation.org.uk

 

According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

People can become socially isolated for a variety of reasons, such as getting older or weaker, no longer being the hub of their family, leaving the workplace, the deaths of spouses and friends, or through disability or illness.

An Age UK spokesman said whatever the cause, it’s shockingly easy to be left feeling alone and vulnerable, which can lead to depression and a serious decline in physical health and wellbeing.

It’s important to remember loneliness can – and does – affect anyone, of any age.

Staffordshire Community Foundation is offering grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to local organisations help combat loneliness affecting the county’s elderly.

More information can be obtained by calling 01785 339450 or log onto www.staffsfoundation.org.uk