December is a time when our thoughts naturally turn to others. It’s also a time when people who are on their own can feel even more lonely and isolated. The Looking After Each Other campaign is urging those who have the opportunity to open up a place at their dinner tables and welcome their neighbours and friends who might be spending the holidays alone this year.
The festive period is a great time to think about others. It’s also a time when we celebrate with big meals and lots of treats. If you know someone who is going to be on their own this December, why not set an extra place for Christmas dinner? There’s always so much to go round – and it can make a huge difference to someone who might otherwise spend this festive time on their own.
Of course, it doesn’t just have to be for Christmas. Older, isolated people often need a hand cooking for themselves, so why not take round an extra plate of hot home-cooked food, or a frozen portion they can heat up or microwave? As well as being practical, it’s a nice way to share your time with a neighbour. Try to provide the meal in a container that you don’t need back – it’s hard work for both of you to keep track of serving bowls.