For the last five years, Royal Voluntary Service has run a daily group at its Community Centre in Hanley, Stoke on Trent. For many attendees, it’s the only time they leave the house each week.
Royal Voluntary Service wants to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age or ability. They are one of the largest voluntary service charities in Britain with over 25,000 volunteers helping 100,000 older people each month to stay active, independent and involved in their communities.
Depression is the most common mental health problem in older people. Yet they are often reluctant to seek medical treatment for something they dismiss as ‘the blues’. What can you do to help?
Staying connected with family, friends and peers is a basic human need, whatever your age. Whether it’s meeting up at a lunch club, popping round to a pal’s for a cuppa, or getting together to pursue a hobby or interest, an active social life will keep your loved one in touch with the world outside their home.