Docemberists do it in December

Good deeds in December are being encouraged by Cornwall’s health and social care watchdog as part of its festive season sharing and caring drive.

Healthwatch Cornwall is hoping as many people as possible will become Docemberists and take part in its Docemberists do it in December cause by pledging to do something helpful or nice for someone else in their community.

Chief Executive Debbie Pritchard said: “Being a Docemberist is about doing something for someone else, whether a big or small gesture.

“Helping others improves the wellbeing of all involved so it’s a win-win situation.”

The staff at Healthwatch Cornwall has pledged to do things such as visit with pets and baking cookies to collecting food for Truro Food bank, while Debbie is holding a lunch club in her village for anyone who feels isolated or alone.

Cornwall held its own Random Acts of Kindness week in late November as part of the national campaign, while a Compassionate Cornwall initiative has also been launched, showing that Cornwall is a caring county.

Healthwatch Cornwall’s campaign aims to build on its successful Not Lonely This Christmas 2013 appeal that highlighted loneliness issues for older people and asked individuals to take time to visit them in their community.

Debbie added: “‘Tis the season to be jolly so Healthwatch Cornwall is asking everyone to be jolly kind and make a pledge this month to make a positive difference to someone else.”