Posted by Aston Avery

100 retirees help create ‘The Joy Club’ to combat loneliness this Christmas

With Omicron cases rising, Christmas is looking more uncertain than previously thought. This leaves millions of us in a very tricky situation. Do we see our older loved ones, or once again, spend the holiday period on Zoom and doorsteps to keep each other safe?

Yes, we all want to protect our nearest and dearest, but last year’s festive isolation had a devastating impact on the mental wellbeing of the nation. Now, experts are warning that a repeat of last Christmas could spark yet another mental health crisis, with reports suggesting the wellbeing of 12.5 million could deteriorate.

One way is with the aptly named ‘The Joy Club’. Inspired by her Granny Jean’s joyful experience of retirement, Hannah Thomson started this online activity club for people who want to try new things and meet new people in retirement. The Joy Club hosts live online events every weekday (including everything from art classes and Belly dancing workouts to live music and expert talks) and gives members access to exclusive daily mood-boosting articles and videos.

Aston spoke to CEO and founder of The Joy Club Hannah Thomson

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