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Ways to help at Christmas - One Million Minutes
I am a big fan of the ITV One Million Minutes campaign. It is an award winning campaign encouraging us to pledge as little as 30 minutes of our time this Christmas to someone who is lonely. I think this is such an important cause, many of us are extremely lucky to have lots of family and friends to celebrate with at Christmas, but unfortunately this means that for those with no-one it can be the loneliest time of year. Why not head over to ITV and pledge as much time as you can. Here are some suggestions on how you can use your minutes:
- Is there a neighbour that you've noticed may live on their own? Why not invite them in for a cup of tea and a chat.
- Why not invite someone to a Christmas market or Festive outing. Remember not everyone who is lonely is elderly, there could be someone at your local playgroup who is finding parenting an isolating time, why not invite them out so they know they're not alone.
- Call older relatives that you don't see or speak to that much and let them know you are thinking of them.
- There are a number of organisations that you use your minutes to help and support. Some listed by One Million Minutes are: Neighbourly, Action for Children, Age UK, Contact the Elderly, Independent Age, The Royal Voluntary Service, Campaign to end loneliness, and The Silver Line. Click on any of these links to find ways in which you can help just by giving your time this Christmas.