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Age UK East London is leading a consortium of established third sector organisations including Newham Renewal Programme, Subco and Gasworks Dock Partnershipto deliver a befriending service which aims to improve residents’ health and wellbeing by addressing loneliness and isolation.

Our "Connect Newham" Befriending Service brings local people together through conversation so they can stay positive and connected.

You will be matched with a " befriender" who will call you at an agreed time or go wiht you to a local community activity or even just go for a walk together. We will agree with you how many calls you would like, from 3 up to 20, and how frequently you would like them, weekly or fortnightly.

The support is provided by our trained "Connect Newham" Volunteer Befrienders, all of whom have a wealth of varied experience, skills and backgrounds.

Who can access the Connect Newham service?

  • Residents of Newham
  • Age 18+
  • Experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation

How to contact us

If you are interested in having a "Connect Newham" telephone befriender to call you please email our Befriending Team  at or phone us on 020 3954 3224. If you wish to volunteer please visit the `Get Involved` section of our website.