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Grants available for older people struggling to heat their home

Posted on 15 February 2017

    It’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday 17 February and we are encouraging older people who need help heating their homes to apply to our small grant scheme. We offer one-off grants to older people to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income. Mary, 78, from Oxfordshire, contacted us because…

Activities give 15,300 older people somewhere to go on Christmas Day

Posted on 11 January 2017

National charity Friends of the Elderly has been working in partnership with the charity Community Christmas this festive season to tackle loneliness among older people, by identifying and promoting hundreds of activities taking place on Christmas Day. As a result of hard work and determination by volunteers and businesses across the UK, more than 600…

New Woking day care centre holds Christmas party

Posted on 21 December 2016

Staff and service users at a day care centre in Woking invited members of the local community to join them for a Christmas party on Tuesday 13 December. Live entertainment, a buffet lunch and a raffle were all on offer at Triangle Day Care Woking, with service users and members of the community enjoying a…

Innovative programme to reconnect older football fans launches

Posted on 22 November 2016

Friends of the Elderly and West Ham United Foundation are inviting fans of the football club, who are aged 65 and over, to join a project to celebrate and explore the club’s rich history, and give those involved the opportunity to reconnect over their love of football. Run in conjunction with the Premier League (PL) and…

What do I want for Christmas? “I wish I had someone to talk to”

Posted on 11 November 2016

  As families across the country stir their Christmas pudding and make a wish on Sunday 20 November, we, along with the charity Community Christmas, are calling on the nation to consider the wishes of the half a million older people who say Christmas Day is when they feel most lonely*. For many older people…