For some older people Christmas is just another day. It’s a shocking statistic, but around 1.4 million older people find their days repetitive and admit Christmas passes them by. If you have an elderly neighbour that lives alone, why not pop by and invite them to your Christmas dinner? Loneliness is something that no-one should ever suffer, and often people feel it most at this time of year. An extra plate and a seat at your table could make that person’s year and help them feel loved and valued. If you’re interested in helping to make a bigger impact this Christmas, the charity ‘Community Christmas’ believes that no older person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be. They encourage communities to provide companionship to older people on Christmas Day by running a community Christmas Lunch event, joining up with others at a local pub or restaurant, popping round for tea and cake, perhaps organizing a film viewing or anything else that can be enjoyed by all those that take part. This should be a chance to meet up with old friends and make new friends creating bonds in the community that last well beyond the single day. If you are part of an organisation that is interested in hosting a local event. Please get in touch with www. communitychristmas.org.uk to let them know so that they can publicise your event for you.