Don’t be lonely this festive season

File photo dated 05/12/08 of the hands of an elderly resident at a nursing home. Loneliness is the "hidden killer" among the elderly and as great a threat to health as obesity or smoking, a group of charities said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 1, 2011. The warning came as five organisations joined forces this morning to launch a Campaign To End Loneliness aimed at tackling isolation among older people. See PA story HEALTH Loneliness. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
File photo dated 05/12/08 of the hands of an elderly resident at a nursing home. Loneliness is the "hidden killer" among the elderly and as great a threat to health as obesity or smoking, a group of charities said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 1, 2011. The warning came as five organisations joined forces this morning to launch a Campaign To End Loneliness aimed at tackling isolation among older people. See PA story HEALTH Loneliness. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It’s been 40 years since glam rock band Mud released their single ‘Lonely this Christmas’.

Over the last 40 years, things have changed and although the festive and winter season can be hard for some people there is help and support out there.

St Barnabas Church on Regent Road in Morecambe is offering dinner on Christmas Day at noon in the parish centre for anyone who will be on their own or unable to make Christmas Dinner.

Contact Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline on Freephone 0300 222 5931.

Samaritans of Lancaster and District can be contacted on 01524 61666 or email jo@samaritans.org.

The Salvation Army, West End Impact, Morecambe Homeless Action, Grace Ministries and The Church of the Nazarene offer drop-ins that offer help and support for those in need at Christmas.

The Foyer in Morecambe offers supported housing for homeless 16 to 25-year-olds.Call 0800 970 6363.

Contact Unique Kidz and Co on 01524 874047 for support if you have a child with a disability or special needs.

Contact Age UK Lancashire on 01524 387845 if you have a relative or parent with dementia. The Birchill Trust supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse - call 01229 820828. Contact Lancaster District Homeless Action on Edward Street in Lancaster on 01524 842008.

For drug and alcohol help contact Inspire on 01524 834210. Dial 111 for general medical help, 999 in an emergency.