Brendoncare Clubs

Keeping Connected at Christmas

COVID-19 has been devastating for older people. Brendoncare Clubs supports isolated older people through virtual friendship clubs, phone contact, digital skills training and support packages. This year, older people may be shielding through the festive period, but we can bring them together.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1091384)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£16,000

Amount raised

£16,485

Donations

157

Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People

Location

United Kingdom

  • Hurray, Brendoncare is open, we've been invited in, For quizzes, jokes and stories and a bit of anything! Magically, we're meeting from the comfort of our home, So once a week on Mondays, we no longer feel alone.

    — Virtual Variety Club Member

  • K and I enjoyed the choir and look forward to next week. As you know K has Alzheimer’s so the singing is good for her as she can remember all the oldies, but unfortunately can’t remember us singing last night. The moment is the important thing as she enjoys it while we are there singing.

    — Virtual Choir Club Member

Situation

Researchers describe loneliness as a silent killer: it is as bad for your health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day and can lead to premature death. It particularly impacts older people, 1.2 million of whom would describe themselves as “chronically lonely” in the UK.* At Christmas, isolation can feel more intense, and this will be amplified by COVID-19. Many older people lack the digital skills to connect with others during lockdown, and some have no family to speak to at all. *P. Span, 2017

Solution

Brendoncare has set up a telephone contact and support service in response to COVID-19, making over 6,000 contacts to lonely older people since March. We have also run 48 virtual club sessions and taught 37 older people digital skills with 1-1 training. Older people may be afraid to go out when lockdown is lifted. We therefore must continue to support them remotely through winter, run virtual Christmas parties, and deliver food to the most vulnerable. No one should feel alone at Christmas.