Loneliness and Isolation are one of the biggest issues amongst our older community. You can help us make a difference.

No One Should Have No One.

We have a long history in the county, over 100 years, and a long list of things we need to do and more people that we would like to reach and support.

Loneliness and Isolation are one of the biggest issues amongst our older community. We work hard to provide a range of services & support across the county, amongst which, are our Befriending and Visiting Scheme Services and social opportunities such as our Friendship Clubs and Day Care Centres. They provide valued contact for those with few or no families and friends - a chance to chat, have a cup of tea, a laugh and to share memories and worries. A chance to make new friends and to have someone to turn to.

Just £5 pays for a befriender visit for one hour, £250 pays for a one hour visit per year - imagine the difference that could make!

 Thank you for supporting our work.

   Every penny raised is spent locally,
   Every pound - makes a difference,
   Every minute given - is priceless …..

Help us combat loneliness locally - we believe that No One Should Have No One - do you?

Make a donation, raise funds or volunteer - Thank You.

 

Challenging the issues of loneliness

Most people will feel lonely at some point in their lives. It’s a deeply personal experience that in most cases will thankfully pass, but for a growing number of people, particularly those in later life, loneliness can define their lives and have a significant impact on their wellbeing.

What causes loneliness?

We often feel lonely when we feel we don't have strong social relationships or are unhappy with the ones we have.

There have been several studies that have identified a range of factors associated with being lonely in older age. These factors include:

  • social networks (living alone, being widowed or divorced, a lack of contact with friends and family and limited opportunities to participate in social occasions)
  • health (poor health, limited mobility, social care needs or cognitive and sensory impairment)
  • individual characteristics (age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, low income, retirement)
  • neighbourhood characteristics (structures of buildings and streets, provision of local amenities, territorial boundaries, area reputation, neighbourliness, material deprivation of area of residence).

Loneliness is associated with depression, sleep problems, impaired cognitive health, heightened vascular resistance, hypertension, psychological stress and mental health problems.

Loneliness: in figures

200,000

... older people have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month.

3.9 million

... older people agree the television is their main form of company. 

In 2015 local students did an isolation challenge to raise funds and made this video for us:

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