Brian highlights how volunteering can support older people experiencing loneliness.
Many of us would admit to feeling lonely at some point in our lives. It is, however, the older members of our communities who are particularly vulnerable to loneliness, leaving them feeling cut off from society and leading to a decline in both their physical and mental wellbeing.
Research has revealed the shocking fact that social isolation is as detrimental to a person’s health as smoking approximately fifteen cigarettes a day. With the average life expectancy in the UK on the increase, and more than two million people over the age of 75 living alone, loneliness has become a public health crisis and is therefore an issue which needs to be urgently addressed.
If you feel passionate about tackling this problem, volunteering for Action on Elder Abuse Scotland is a way in which you could make a genuine difference. Giving just a little of your time could make a hugely positive impact on the lives of elderly people in your community, allowing them to connect with others and to feel worthwhile and appreciated.
There are a variety of ways in which you could become involved, ranging from fundraising and raising awareness, befriending an elderly person and volunteering for our helpline service. Not only will you be helping others, you will also benefit from the experience by taking on a new challenge, gaining new skills and confidence and meeting new friends along the way. There really is nothing more rewarding!
So what’s stopping you? You have nothing to lose! It really is a win-win situation!
If you would like to be a volunteer, or find out more information, please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can also be found on the Action on Elder Abuse website (this link will take you away from our website).