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Helping you connect socially during the lockdown period and beyond.

Freephone Telephone Friendship Line

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  • We recognise that social isolation and the associated wellbeing issues are a real and serious issue for older people. We have set up a new Freephone telephone number for people who are alone and who want to have a friendly conversation with a staff member or volunteer.  Call us on 0800 2980579

On-line Springboard Group

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Gloucestershire Springboard is a new Facebook group for older people and those supporting them, to stay in touch with each other, as well as with Age UK Gloucestershire and some of the individuals and organisations working with us. The group provides reassurance, information and ideas as well as some online activity.

The Group is private and moderated by Age UK Gloucestershire.  Older people around the county who use Facebook, can request membership by looking for Gloucestershire Springboard or visiting

For More information about Gloucestershire Springboard Facebook Group Click Here

If you need some advice about setting this up, one of our staff or volunteers may be able to help. Either email us at or phone 07511 223995 and we will call you back and provide guidance on how you can join the Group.

If you are new to technology, or need some help setting up your Facebook account, our Digital Connections Volunteers could help you.

More information about Digital Connections 

Greet Your Street @11am

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Why not connect with your neighbourhood and create a real community spirit during the lockdown with Greet Your Street

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Put the kettle on, make a brew and pop outside or open a window for Elevenses with your neighbours. A wave from your window or a chat across the garden can make a real difference to our wellbeing, especially at this time. We’re all in this together, even if we’re apart and doorway drinks will help keep our spirits up and stay connected in a safe way.

So Greet Your Street @11.00am and let’s all support each other.

* Remember to maintain the recommended 2 metre distance from each other *

If possible, print the poster and display in your window to show you’re taking part.  If you are unable to print it yourself, call us on 07511 225435 or email and we will arrange to post one out to you.

Spread the word amongst your neighbours and don’t forget to share your stories with us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us how it’s going. Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for Greet Your Street tips and ideas.

Age UK Gloucestershire Greet Your Street initiative featured on ITV News West Country