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Residents at The Dell Care Home, in Cotmer Road, Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, to act as ‘Agony Aunts’ and Uncles in lead up to Valentine’s Day





Residents at a Lowestoft care home are to act as ‘Agony Aunts’ and uncles in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, with the local community encouraged to submit their relationship dilemmas.

Those with relationship troubles, quandries or questions can call on the decades of experience of those at The Dell Care Home, in Cotmer Road, Oulton Broad.

On hand to offer their advice is former HGV driver Malcolm, 71, former florist Elizabeth, 83, and 94-year-old Joan, a former office worker.

Residents at The Dell Care Home, in Cotmer Road, Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, are to act as 'Agony Aunts' and Uncles for the local community in the lead up to Valentine's Day. Picture: Google Maps
Residents at The Dell Care Home, in Cotmer Road, Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, are to act as 'Agony Aunts' and Uncles for the local community in the lead up to Valentine's Day. Picture: Google Maps

The trio have a mix of life experience between them, encompassing marriage, divorce and single life, and they will be filmed responding to the questions.

Joy Henshaw, regional director of Wellbeing Care, which operates the home, said: “Love and companionship are amongst the greatest gifts in life, and our residents have a wealth of knowledge and lessons to share with those who aren’t as far along the path of life as they are.

“Our lighthearted initiative sees us invite the community to seek advice from our residents, and they’re hoping to provide some valuable insight while also creating meaningful connections between generations and within our community.

“The residents are really looking forward to seeing what things people ask advice on – so if you’re in need of any relationship support, please get in touch.”

According to Age UK, around 1.4 million elderly individuals frequently experience loneliness, with regular occurrences having been linked to an elevated risk of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, diminished self-esteem, and sleep disturbances.

Collaborative activities such as the ‘Agony Aunt’ initiative and Wellbeing Care’s community contribution for World Kindness Day, which recently saw a mug enthusiast at the home receive lots of new cups to add to his collection, aim to help tackle the loneliness crisis.

Anyone who wishes to send their queries to The Dell’s Agony Aunts and Uncles should email wellbeing@picpr.com.