Winter Warm Up – Tackling Loneliness and Isolation at Christmas

Christmas is a time where many people spend time family and loved ones, but for some young people and older people, they lack connections and companionship. Winter Warm Up was an event hosted to connect young people and older people at a time of year when people can feel most lonely and isolated.

Youth Focus: North East hosted a Winter Warm Up event to bring together young and old as part of the Big Days Project, aimed at combating isolation and loneliness. 80 people from various organisations sat down for a Christmas meal at the Centre For Life on 19th December.

A small planning group of our young people came up with the idea and planned the event, organising a quiz, a singalong, and a game of bingo. These activities encouraged guests to break their comfort zones and meet new people.

For many of the young people, attending a large event already felt intimidating however, the young people soon opened up and began to make new connections around the room.

We finished off with a bit of dancing and it was great to see younger and older people mixing together. All these activities meant guests went home exhausted.

The older guests were blown away by the organisation and scale of the event. They were genuinely thrilled that young people wanted to make this event happen and spend time with them.

The Big Days programme is supported by the Co-operative Foundation as part of their #iwill funding strategy.