The Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust and Radian are working together, with support from East Hampshire District Council’s (EHDC) Healthy New Town programme, to tackle loneliness and social isolation in Whitehill & Bordon through the Community Christmas Card project.

The campaign is harnessing the help of local school Bordon Juniors and other young people around the town to design and create Christmas cards that can be sent to people throughout Whitehill & Bordon who may be feeling isolated. Each card will also contain information on local activity groups for older people and Christmas church services.

Christmas can be a difficult time of year and research has shown that almost a million older people feel lonelier at Christmas time (Stat: AgeUK). We hope that through this project we can put a smile on the face of those members of our community who need it most by sending good wishes and festive cheer.

Paula Windebank, Community Development Officer at Radian, said: “We know some of our residents find Christmas difficult time of year, especially if they feel alone.

“This is a great opportunity to reach out to older people in Whitehill & Bordon and let them know that someone is thinking of them.”

The campaign launched on Saturday 1 December at the Whitehill & Bordon Christmas Fair where children created cards to either deliver to neighbours who they know may not have company this Christmas or post into our letter box so that they could be delivered by our volunteers.

Hannah Ashwell, Manager of the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust, said: “We currently have more than 30 Christmas cards made by local children to send out in the community.

“Many of the children and families we met at the first event were instantly able to tell us about someone they knew who might be on their own for Christmas and made and took away their cards to deliver themselves. The enthusiasm and community spirit the families showed towards the project was truly heart-warming.”

Cllr Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “One of the Healthy New Town programme’s main priorities next year is to reduce loneliness in the town and connect our community together.

“It’s fantastic that we’re launching this project to support older people who may be on their own over Christmas – a period where they probably feel at their loneliest.

“You don’t realise the impact that a simple Christmas card will have on these people to show that people are thinking about them and they live in a caring and supportive community – I would urge everyone to get involved and make this a great Christmas for the whole town.”

If you would like to create a card for a neighbour near you, pop into Cafe 1759 or the Mustangs building to collect a blank card and decorations.

A second workshop will be held on Sunday 16 December at the Mustangs building on Budds Lane as part of the Family Christmas Celebration between 3pm and 5pm.

Alternatively, if you’re writing your Christmas cards this week consider sending one to someone on your street who could be alone this year, you never know, it might be the only one they receive.

For other ideas on how to combat loneliness this Christmas visit https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/12-ways-end-loneliness-christmas/

For more information or if you know someone who would like to receive a card, please contact info@wbcommunitytrust.co.uk or call 01420 558085

 

 

No one should feel lonely this Christmas
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