Anyone can be affected by feelings of loneliness and isolation. As a carer, you may find your caring responsibilities leave you little time for developing relationships with friends and family which can leave you feeling isolated, especially over holiday periods.

It’s important to plan ahead over the holidays as you may find that without the usual routines in place you miss out on the connections that keep you going day to day. Check whether any local groups you usually attend will be running. See whether other friends or family will be around, either to support you in your caring role or to partner you in taking some time-out together, and make a plan to meet up. Whether it’s a short walk or a coffee at a local café, connecting with others even for a short break can do wonders for how you feel.

If you do find yourself feeling isolated or lonely, there are a number of groups you can connect with either by phone or in person over the festive season. And, as the new year approaches, it can be the perfect time to set health and wellbeing resolutions, including attending a new group for the first time.

The Forward Carers events calendar contains a listing of local events and activities for carers and families. Have a look at the calendar and take your pick. Why not pop along to meet some of the team at Forward Carers on Thursday 27th December? Join us for tea and a chat from 11.30am at The Hive Cafe, Touchbase Pears, Selly Oak. There are lots of other activities taking place , but please do phone or email ahead to confirm the event is taking place as, particularly over the Christmas period, dates can sometimes change. https://forwardcarers.org.uk/event/making-space-for-carers-christmas/ 

Have a look at the calendar and take your pick. Do phone or email ahead to confirm the event is taking place as, particularly over the Christmas period, dates can sometimes change.

Age UK and Friends of the Elderly offer a friendly chat and a listening ear to elderly people who feel lonely, throughout the year. These can be face-to-face, or on the telephone. This contact and companionship can be a real lifeline during the winter months, when it is even more difficult to get out and about.
Contact the Elderly is a charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. They have hundreds of groups across the country who meet for regular contact and friendship. Some groups run over Christmas. To find out if there are any groups in your area, go to https://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/about-us/locations and input your postcode.

Community Christmas believes that no older person should be alone at Christmas, unless they want to be. They encourage communities to run events and activities over Christmas. To find out what’s on offer in your area, go to https://communitychristmas.org.uk/map/#map_top
We encourage anyone feeling lonely to reach out and connect this Christmas.