6 January 2016

Stamp out loneliness | Lets talk

It's 2016 and there are still so many people who are spending their days alone, and it is the older generation who are suffering the worst which is nothing new. It is awful to hear about the amount of old people who spend everyday alone after loosing a loved one or having a lack of family living close and it makes me sad to think about. That is why Sunrise Senior Living is trying to stamp out loneliness, did you know over a million older people go a month without speaking to anyone which is a disgusting and sad statistic in itself. It's so easy to make a change to someones life, simply by the picking up the phone and saying hello, visiting and elderly neighbour and stopping by for a chat or even volunteering at an event. I know not everyone has a lot of time on their hands but donations are also an amazing way to help. A while back I got asked to take part in a challenge from Campaign To End Lonliness where I hosted a dinner party for an older person in my life or that I knew, but sadly being a student I don't really live near any including my family so I suggested a spin on the challenge. Which was I host a dinner party for my student friends, hear me out here. Students are forever lonely too, being away from home and sometimes not having their friends around it can be a super lonely time so I thought it would be an amazing idea to get us together and host a little bit of a dinner party. Unfortunately life got in the way and it has taken me like 3 months to manage to host this dinner party as my friends have been busy and so have I with deadlines but I finally managed to get the party hosted *cheers*

For the dinner party I decided to create a risotto with a cheese and tomato tart, the reason I went for a risotto as it's a dish a lot of people like and it's easier to whip in bulk and with me and some of my friends being vegetarians it seemed like the easiest option to do. I let all of my friends know the reason for me hosting the meal and also explained a bit more about how you can really change the life of someone from one simple thing and like myself they were shocked by the stats I presented to them about how much time the older generation spend alone, striking a want to help amongst them so it felt like a dinner party with a difference in my eyes. I couldn't end the post without sharing a picture of my super yummy risotto and cheese and tomato tart could I?

P.S. Remember how easily you can change a life with just a smile and a chat! 

1 comment

  1. Such a great idea! It's so true that a simple phone call or visit can make someone feel less alone. X