Age UK IW, in partnership with Newport-based business Rouse Limited, is helping to alleviate social isolation a little this Christmas by providing a traditional Christmas lunch for those who might otherwise spend the festive season alone.
This inaugural event will be held at The Granary, Barton Manor, East Cowes and will provide guests with a traditional Christmas lunch, entertainment and a small gift.
Local businesses, volunteer groups, schools and colleges are invited to support the event with their time, talent and facilities.
Generously hosted by Barton Manor, the event also has the support of Waitrose in East Cowes, The Isle of Wight College catering and hospitality students, Queensgate Primary School, and the Gurnard Knit and Natter group (with Gurnard Primary School).
The aim of the event is to reach out to the most socially isolated older members of our community. For those without regular human contact, Christmas can sharpen feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Social isolation doesn’t only affect older members of our community though. It’s possible to become lonely or isolated at any point in your life, so the long-term aim for this initiative is to develop it into an annual event that ultimately reaches out to anyone who is socially isolated.
If you, your business, or community group can offer any support for this event, please contact Alexandra Pugh at Rouse Limited.