Contact The Elderly

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.

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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!


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  1. 15th Nov 2015 / 9:34 am

    This is so sad. I will have a look on their website and see how I can help. I can’t even imagine how devastating must be to loose a partner after all those years together.

    • 17th Nov 2015 / 1:04 pm

      It is isn’t it? As much as I complain that hubby is under my feet I honestly can’t imagine my life without him.

  2. 15th Nov 2015 / 3:44 pm

    Good for you! I have seen both videos ad I am so glad that awareness is being raised and good for you for trying to think of more ways to help!

    • 17th Nov 2015 / 1:04 pm

      I’d love to volunteer properly but I can’t at the moment… it would feel wrong for me to be helping others at the expense of my own grandmother. If I look out for her now then that’s one less lonely old person out there. 🙂

      • 18th Nov 2015 / 1:10 am

        That’s true. My Grandparents are a long way away. I write to them though and they have each other. It is my Gran’s birthday tomorrow, she will be 75. I don’t know what will happen when they no longer have each other any more.

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