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Don't be a Stranger

Grandma, mother and female child sitting together on a doorstep

Age UK research shows just how crucial it is to have someone to turn to if we’re to be happy and fulfilled in our lives.

People want to be able to talk and laugh with someone, to have someone to turn to for support during the tough times or for trusted advice with a nagging problem, to experience physical contact and to feel that they are a part of other people’s lives.

So don't be a stranger - keep in touch with friends, relatives or neighbours who might be lonely and in need of contact and support.

Loneliness is a massive problem, in particular for those over 75 years of age.  It contributes greatly to ill health and can be a major contributor to a number of conditions such as depression, dementia and overall wellbeing.  Studies have shown that older people who are actively engaged within their communities are not only likely to live longer, but will almost certainly have a better quality of life for the remaining years - staying well for longer. 


This is what Age UK Mid Mersey’s “Don’t be a Stranger” campaign is seeking to address: getting people to recognise that older members of their community who live alone might be lonely. Age UK Mid Mersey is asking people living in the Mid Mersey area (Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington) to sign up to the Don’t be a Stranger pledge.  150 people have already to help; however, we’re seeking at least 500 pledges before 30th September 2015.


People can pledge to do anything such as spending time with an older relative, friend or neighbour; offering to do shopping for them; becoming a befriending volunteer; leaving a legacy; sponsoring an event or making a regular donation to Age UK Mid Mersey to ensure that we can give local older people the companionship, support and advice they need. We want to improve the lives of older people going forward so that instead of fearing the future we can all look forward to and love later life. You can help – please sign a pledge today.


Download a copy of the "Don't be a Stranger" pledge.



For older people living in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens or Warrington who might be affected by loneliness and requires assistance, you can contact Age UK Mid Mersey Information & Advice staff:


Go to the Information & Advice page


In St Helens, there is an Information, Advice & Advocacy service available to everyone aged 18 or over, their friends, relatives or carers.