Connected Christmas 2018

I am seeking to raise £1500 to run 5 Connected Christmas Parties. I am in the process of securing funding to run a number of events in Huddersfield / Kirklees, but I want to go beyond that to take the Connected Christmas message as far as possible. 

Connected Christmas parties address loneliness and isolation at Christmas by introducing older citizens to the joys of connecting, learning and enjoying online in a Christmas Party environment.

I think this is the fifth year I have done this. We still haven’t solved loneliness among older generations; and we still haven’t made mainstream the idea that older people can use new technologies to connect with each other and with family, friends, and health and care providers.

These are the reasons why I run Connected Christmas Parties. These are events where older people celebrate Christmas (I am not talking about on Christmas Day here) in the usual way, but part of the mix is that I show them how they might use new technologies to make their lives more connected, more fun and more informed. I do this for a few hundred pounds per event. This does not include the cost of room hire and catering. The events work best where the Connected element “piggy-backs” on an existing event which people are already commited to attend, in a familiar environment.

It is vital that we get older people more connected to reduce their social isolation, to help them access online services and to benefit from connected health and care services. If you share these objectives, please get in touch and let’s make Connected Christmas a key feature of the forthcoming festive period.


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John Popham 
Huddersfield, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom
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