Loneliness is not just for Christmas. We have a club for the over 50s (some over 100!) which is open from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, five days a week. We have between 200 – 300 members coming along every week. It is run by volunteers (even the committee are volunteers) and we are a registered charity. The club has saved my life and that of many of those who attend!
I think there should be such a club in every town. If you have lost a partner but have not got a lot of help or support, such groups provide company, support and activities to take your mind off your worries. It also helps to keep the elderly out of hospital for as long as possible.
You can start a club by getting together with a venue that could accommodate you – perhaps a local venue would like to attract more business in the daytime?
Maureen Stanton, Southend-on-Sea