Close Encounters, our latest project, is designed to improve quality of life for lonely and isolated older people in Portsmouth, Gosport and the surrounding areas.
Our dedicated team meet with the older person on a one-to-one basis, discuss their wants and needs and develop a plan to reduce the persons loneliness. This could be in a range of different ways such as providing information on friendship groups and social activities close by, and even accompanying the older person to these places for a short while.
If you or somebody you know may be lonely and/or socially isolated please get in contact with our team. The service is completely free of charge.
This project has been fully funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Information and Advice
We can provide information and advice on a range of subjects and help you find services to assist with practical tasks both in and outside the home. We can attend these information sessions with you or you can attend independently.
Our advocates can support you, give you self-confidence and be your voice. We take action to secure your rights, represent your interests, say what you want and obtain services you need.
Come Here And Talk (CHAT groups)
We offer opportunities to join a social group, which bring three our four befrienders together at a host's house. This can generate confidence and help you towards joining groups such as lunch clubs.
Befriending and Facilitated Support
If you are housebound and/or very lonely we can offer befriending or facilitated support tailored to your individual needs. This could be a visit on a one-to-one basis, a weekly phonecsall or accompanying you to an activity.
Who to contact in Portsmouth
Age UK Portsmouth
The Bradbury Centre
16-18 Kingston Road
Telephone 023 9288 3522
Who to contact in Gosport
Gosport Voluntary Action
Martin Snape House
96 Pavilion Way
Telephone 023 9250 3871