Members of a group for over 60s are tackling loneliness this #TimeToTalk Day by coming together to enjoy a chat over tea and biscuits.
According to Age UK, 1.4 million people over 50 suffer from loneliness.
The Together Group in Nottingham know all too well the struggles – they meet every Wednesday to talk about their week over a cuppa.
The over 60s meet in both Arnold and Clifton and take part in arts and crafts, team challenges and eat a warm meal.
They are trying to raise money for The Wainman Trust to set up a new care home in the area.
Video: Meet Pat Seward, a regular at the Together Group
Hannah Westby, co-ordinator of the group, said: “We’re conscious that there’s a lot of [over 60s] who are at home all day on their own and they don’t get to speak to or see anyone else. We wanted to create a group where people could come and hang out and make friends.
“We have a lot of people come who are in their 80s and 90s and have partners who have passed away, so it’s great that they have somewhere to come like this.”
We’ve got something to look forward to every week. It’s wonderful.”
Pat Seward, The Together Group
Pat Seward, 89, attends the group every week. Despite having lost her husband six years ago, she tries hard to maintain her social life. Pat says the group has helped her to do this.
“I get a lot of pleasure out of this group. It’s important to talk to people because when you’re at home, sometimes you can be talking to yourself.
We’ve got somewhere to go to and something to look forward to every week. It’s wonderful,” Pat said.
The groups meet every Wednesday, from 10am until 3pm at The Hope Church in Clifton, and every Monday and Thursday, from 10am until 3pm at Eagle’s Nest Community Centre in Arnold.
- 3.6 million older people live alone, 2 million of these are over the age of 75
- 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible
- Loneliness can be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day
- If we do not tackle the issue now, the number of over 50s who are lonely could go up from 1.4 million to 2 million by 2026.
Source: Age UK