More than 1 in 10 people aged 65+ say that they always or often feel lonely. Recent studies have shown that loneliness can be very damaging to a person’s mental and physical health:
- Loneliness can be more harmful than smoking 15 cigarettes a day
- Loneliness increases the risk of premature death by 30%
- Loneliness increases the chances of developing dementia by 64%
Our volunteer-led Befriending service supports people aged 75+ who are feeling lonely.
Matching older people with volunteers who share their interest, this service provides a friendly ear on a regular basis.
Our team of volunteer befrienders will visit or telephone clients every week or every fortnight for a chat.
Call In Time telephone friendship service
Our dedicated telephone friendship service provides a regular weekly chat on the telephone for people aged 60+.
Volunteers and clients are matched on the basis of shared interests, and many of our members and volunteers build up fantastic friendships over the phone.
Loneliness can be overcome. For more information or to arrange for us to come and see you to talk about what we can offer contact us.