Blackbrook House helps community tackle loneliness at Christmas
A care home in Colchester invited older people in the community to join in their Christmas Day celebrations as part of a campaign to reduce loneliness.
Staff and residents at Anchor’s Blackbrook House in Gun Hill organised a fun day of Christmas cheer for older people living alone in the town.
The home also worked with older people’s charity Re-engage whose volunteers will be bringing the over 75s living alone in the area to the Christmas Day celebration.
The guests joined everyone at Blackbrook House for Christmas Day lunch, and took part in the festive activities, including games and sing-alongs, all free of charge.
Kylie Greatorex, Manager of Blackbrook House, said: “Christmas Day is traditionally a time when families and friends get together for a laugh and a chat over a delicious meal.
“Christmas can be an incredibly lonely time if you live on your own so we wanted to extend the warmth and companionship of our lovely home to anyone facing the day alone.”