Loneliness is more common than you think…

“Currently, a million people over 65 feel lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’
and 3.7 million people live alone, many with no means of getting out and about.” (English Longitudinal Study on Ageing) Social isolation and loneliness affects a person’s quality of life.
Life changing events such as becoming housebound, losing your carer or
your partner, not having your family around you during the day or a
change in your health and your ability to get out and about can
disconnect you from the outside world and leave you feeling lonely.
Often people do not want to ask for help but no one wants to be lonely
every day.
How can we help?
Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland can offer a free befriending and
mentoring support, matching you with a befriender who will visit or call
you on a regular basis to enjoy a chat, provide a listening ear or perhaps
support you to get out and about in your local community.
Befriending:
A volunteer can visit you on a regular basis to enjoy some conversation
and provide a listening ear.
Mentoring: (Leicester only)
A volunteer can visit you regularly for a period of time to support you to
access your community. For example, you may like to join a local activity
group but do not feel confident about getting there and back, a mentor will
attend the activity with you until you feel confident enough to attend on
your own.
Telephone Befriending: (Leicester only)
A telephone befriender can call you regularly for a chat and a catch up.
How can I access this service?
Leicester
Please contact Michaela Forty on 0116 223 7364 or Karen McAlinden on 0116 223 7363.
Charnwood
Please contact Anna Southam on 01509 260327
North West Leicestershire 
Please contact Danielle Smeeton on 01530 833000
Hinckley & Bosworth
Please contact Danielle Smeeton on 
 

“Currently, a million people over 65 feel lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’and 3.7 million people live alone, many with no means of getting out and about.” (English Longitudinal Study on Ageing)

Social isolation and loneliness affects a person’s quality of life.Life changing events such as becoming housebound, losing your carer oryour partner, not having your family around you during the day or achange in your health and your ability to get out and about candisconnect you from the outside world and leave you feeling lonely.Often people do not want to ask for help but no one wants to be lonelyevery day

How can we help?

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland can offer a free befriending and mentoring support, matching you with a befriender who will visit or call you on a regular basis to enjoy a chat, provide a listening ear or perhapssupport you to get out and about in your local community.

Befriending:

A volunteer can visit you on a regular basis to enjoy some conversation and provide a listening ear.

Mentoring: (Leicester only)

A volunteer can visit you regularly for a period of time to support you toaccess your community. For example, you may like to join a local activitygroup but do not feel confident about getting there and back, a mentor willattend the activity with you until you feel confident enough to attend onyour own.

Telephone Befriending: (Leicester only)

A telephone befriender can call you regularly for a chat and a catch up.

How can I access this service?

Leicester

Please contact Michaela Forty on 0116 223 7364 or Susan Emerson on 0116 223 7363.
michaela.forty@ageukleics.org.uk
Open: Monday to Thursday: 09.00 - 17.00

Leicestershire

0116 2992233
enquiries@ageukleics.org.uk
Open: Monday to Thursday: 09.00 - 17.00
Friday: 09.00 - 16.30

Rutland

01572 770324
yvonne.rawlings@ageukleics.org.uk
Open: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 09.00 - 15.00

Charnwood

01509 260327
kristy.wood@ageukleics.org.uk
Open: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 09.30 - 14.30