Al of The Dad Network recently shared the following video on Facebook.
This really does break my heart. I used to live with my Taid (grandad) and I moved out after meeting my husband. To this day I still feel guilty for leaving him on his own. I’m sure he was so lonely and I’m sure that was partly why he became so ill in the end. I wish I could’ve gone to see him more often. It’s a shame that he couldn’t hear very well as I could’ve phoned him. I would try but he could hardly hear.
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So after seeing this video (and the new John Lewis Christmas video – which also made me cry!) I did some very brief research and found that there’s a charity called “Contact The Elderly” and they cover the whole of the UK! You can volunteer in a number of ways including hosting groups, taking an elderly out for an afternoon or help with PR. If you would like to volunteer then please do check out their website to see how you could help.
I would absolutely love to volunteer but for now I’m not going to – instead I am going to do this for my Nain. She lives alone but I phone her every other day but I think I need to make more effort to take her out. I think the last time I took her out was at the end of September when I took her and my girls to Porthmadog. We had a play around in the park and had lunch in a cafe. Now that it’s Autumn I think I’m going to try and convince her to come to our house for Sunday lunch one a month instead. Maybe I could volunteer to host a tea party? Something to look into!