Good cheer to be dished up at older people’s Christmas Day dinner

Written by Euan Duguid.
Published at 15:06 on 19 December 2014.
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TURKEY, trimmings and double helping of good cheer are set to be dished up in a special Christmas Day dinner for older people in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire.

Supported through the nationwide Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme, a group of volunteers have formed to run the Yuletide bash geared to making sure no one in the area spends December 25th alone.

A key aim of RCOP is to give voluntary and community groups the resources to enable them to take a leading role in developing the support and services their community needs.

And Francine O’Donnell, of Cumbernauld Action for Care of the Elderly, who has been at the forefront of supporting the festive feast, explained why the event is so important.

“Christmas is a special time of year and Christmas Day is a wonderful time for spending with family or friends,” Francine said.

“But some people who live on their own may not have the opportunity to share time with loved ones. A group of local volunteers, called Not on Your Own at Christmas, have formed to organise this special free event – complete with turkey and all the trimmings!”

Francine added: “We’re inviting people who would enjoy some extra company to join us in St. Patrick’s Hall, Kilsyth from 2pm until 7pm.”

RCOP combines the expertise of voluntary organisations and community groups with NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council, and the independent sector.

Ross McGuffie, of NHS Lanarkshire and spokesperson for the North Lanarkshire RCOP Partnership, said: “Preventing loneliness and isolation is key to ensuring older people are able to live positive and independent lives in their communities.

“This is yet another example of the tireless commitment within our partnership to making that goal a reality. We’d encourage anyone facing Christmas Day alone to attend. They will be assured of a very warm welcome and great afternoon.”

There is no cost involved for those wishing to attend the Christmas Day dinner. For more information or to register your interest (spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis) contact the team on 01236 822714 or email frankhelenmclaren@hotmail.com. Transport is also available.
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