Millions of older people are facing the ups and downs of life almost entirely alone. They have no one to turn to for the support that can make all the difference when times are tough.
Equally, they often have no one with whom they can share the good things that make life really worth living.
At Age UK we try to combat loneliness in later life in a number of ways, including befriending.
Age UK’s befriending services
To tackle the problem of loneliness among older people, Age UK has developed befriending services.
On a national level, we run a telephone befriending scheme - Call In Time - which works by assigning each older person a befriender, who provides friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time.
Local Age UKs
Many local Age UKs provide befriending services, some by telephone and some where a volunteer visits the older person at their home. This vital service provides a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.
Len and Ivor's friendship
Age UK Essex volunteer befriender Ivor visits 92-year-old widower Len. Watch their story below:
More loneliness stories
How to get involved with Age UK’s befriending services
If you know of a lonely older person who you feel might benefit from our befriending services, or you’d just like to find out more, please get in touch.
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