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Welwyn Garden City Library

Tuesday Allsorts is our FREE adult social group that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Welwyn Garden City Library between 10:00 and 12:00. Our aim is to help address the nation’s problem of social isolation and loneliness. Drop in for a chat, make new friends and enjoy some tea, coffee, biscuits and…

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Aston Hearing

We offer support with all things ears and hearing.  A major part of which is keeping people connected and communicating with friends and family. Untreated hearing loss is one of the most significant reasons for social isolation and this can include isolation within the home when communication becomes difficult between families.

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Community Men2Men Buddying Ltd

CM2M offers male buddying support to older males (55+) at risk of loneliness and isolation, to get them out of the house and take part in fun and interesting activities that appeal to men, and provides help to their families, who can get on with their day with confidence.  Through supporting lonely and socially isolated older…

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West Reading Together

We hold weekly board game social sessions. Join us to play games, chat, refreshments – free of charge. Tuesdays 10.30-11.30am Reading Central Library, RG1 3BQ Thursdays 10.30-11.30am Battle Library, Reading RG30 1EE

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We help men from any background to help them reconnect with their family and communities. We are a non-judgemental charity.  We help men with  housing issues and provide free advice, support and will act as an advocate for their/ pastoral needs. This includes mental health, addiction or bereavement counselling.  We provide a safe space to…

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YMCA Derbyshire

We connect with young people (residents, learners and those in the community) and older people to create sustainable intergenerational projects which reduces isolation and loneliness. We will be encouraging and empowering co production in the community and an ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) approach to collaborative learning and development. We have located Community HUBs in…

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Simply Limitless

A health and wellbeing centre based in Kidderminster and serving all ages in the Wyre Forest district of Worcestershire.

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Voluntary Action South West Surrey

Community Point is based at 39 Castle Street in Guildford at the Voluntary Action South West Surrey premises and covers the Boroughs of Guildford and Waverley. It’s a new service where you can drop in and find out about community activities and services which support your wellbeing. Sometimes we know that it can be hard to…

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The Link Visiting Scheme

The Link Visiting Scheme is a registered charity operating in Wokingham Borough, Berkshire. Our mission is to reduce loneliness and social isolation, to promote friendship and improve the health, wellbeing and independence of our clients – our Link Friends. We celebrate and honour older people in the community, and offer a range of services and…

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Foundation of Light

WE ARE THE REGISTERED CHARITY OF SUNDERLAND AFC Established in 2001 by former Sunderland AFC chairman Sir Bob Murray CBE, our mission is simple: to improve lives through the power of football. We have grown to become one of the most pioneering sports charities in the world, winning multiple awards for our ground-breaking sports, health,…

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Extra Time Hub Foundation of Light

The EFL, Sport England and Lottery, have with 12 EFL Clubs set up a scheme designed to engage with retired and semi-retired people (over 55 years) to combat loneliness and inactivity. Launched to coincide with Loneliness awareness week, Extra Time Hubs harness the unique assets of the EFL Club Community Organisations, of which the Foundation…

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Northampton Town FC Community Trust

As a charity our vision is to create a healthy, happy and connected Northamptonshire using the power of sport and brand of Northampton Town FC to do so. We deliver a range of activities covering the themes of sports participation, health, disability & inclusion and education across Northamptonshire. Our offer for people aged 50+ includes:…

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Wigan Athletic Communiy Trust

Extra Time Hub is a weekly session for like minded people aged 55 and over Bringing the community together to meet, socialise and do the things they enjoy. Each session offers a variety of activity chosen by the members including Quizzes, games, arts and crafts, music , singing, table tennis, talks, walks or just sitting…

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Shrewsbury Town in the Community

Extra Time Hubs are a series of activity clubs based in Shrewsbury where men and women over 55 can socialise and participate in a variety of activities to improve their health and well-being. The Extra Time Hubs offer both social and physical activities which vary from week to week. These activities could be anything from sports…

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Woodcraft Folk

Woodcraft Folk is a co-operative youth movement providing opportunities for fun and friendship for all ages! Children and young people can join weekly sessions at one of our over 300 groups across the UK. These sessions and volunteer opportunities for adults offer structure and flexible ways to get to know and spend time with other…

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Lincoln City Foundation

Lincoln City Foundation was born out of Football in the Community and in recent years has evolved to meet the needs of the local community. Our vision is to be Inspiring Lives in our Community. Our mission is to create and provide opportunities that inspire and empowers individuals and communities to develop and improve their…

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Derby County Community Trust

DCCT provide a wealth of programmes for all age groups. In relation to older people, our EFL Extra Time Hubs provide social opportunities on a fortnightly basis: https://www.derbycountycommunitytrust.com/programmes/health/efl-extra-time-hub/ We also have a vast range of physical activity sessions designed for over 55s: https://www.derbycountycommunitytrust.com/programmes/health/forever-active/ For opportunities for younger age groups please see our full website: https://www.derbycountycommunitytrust.com

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Argyle Community Trust

Argyle Community Trust are one of just 12 football clubs up and down the country to participate in the League’s ‘Extra Time Hub’ project – designed to combat loneliness and inactivity among the retired and semi-retired. The Extra Time Hub will harness the unique assets of the Argyle Community Trust network to bring older people…

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Caring All Together on Romney Marsh (CARM)

CARM’s mission is to support older people living on the Romney Marsh, South Ashford and Tenterden and its surrounding rural areas who are socially isolated. Through this support we aim, to improve people’s wellbeing, to help people remain independent for longer and to enhance the quality of the rural communities where we operate. To combat…

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Age UK Hertfordshire

Age UK Hertfordshire is an independent local charity working to, alleviate loneliness and isolation, tackle poverty and build resilience in the community for older people in Hertfordshire who need our help. We provide 9 services to older people in Hertfordshire including: Active Ageing (10 to 3 Lunch Clubs) Information and Advice Help in the Home…

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Volunteer Centre – Erewash

Our Volunteer Centre recruits, trains and supports volunteers from all walks of life to help older and disabled members of our community.  The direct services we provide are a befriending, sitting and shopping project, transport scheme and Home From Hospital Support Service which started in April 2019 to support those vulnerable people being discharged from…

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BESS at Empowerment

Our aim Support those who are socially isolated and lonely in Blackpool on a one to one basis To help reduce demand on NHS services and increase community rehabilitation Engage with residents of Blackpool to educate, inspire and empower a social change locally Who can use the service? Any person living in the Blackpool.

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Together Co

We are a loneliness charity that creates connections to change lives. We do this through our befriending, social prescribing and volunteering services in Brighton, Hove and beyond, and by sharing our ideas and expertise nationally. In a city of nearly 300,000, no one should be lonely or socially isolated. Together, we can make sure no…

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The Sporting Memories Foundation

The Sporting Memories Foundation is a charity like no other. We support older people across the UK living with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport at free, weekly Sporting Memories clubs. By sharing memories of sporting moments and tapping into…

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PlayMeetStreet North Tyneside

We organise regular, temporary road closures on residential streets across North Tyneside, creating the time and space for neighbours – young and old – to meet and play, and to share a cuppa and a biscuit. Our experience suggests that most neighbours start to feel more connected with each other when their street gets involved…

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Creative Arts East

Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity committed to bringing the very best arts and cultural activities to rural and/or under-engaged audiences across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider eastern region. We aim to use the transformative power of the arts to fight rural and social isolation; increase enjoyment, skills, health and wellbeing;…

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Thames Clippers

We are hosting a series of Café Conversations aboard our RB2 service. We hope to combat loneliness by providing a space where people can meet and have lively, interesting conversations about a variety of topics and ideas as they sail along The Thames. Participants receive conversation prompts on a range of subjects to help get the…

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Letchworth Library

Here at Letchworth Library we run a monthly social group in order to help combat social isolation and loneliness. The group meet on the second Wednesday of every month, between 10.30am & 12pm,  to have a cuppa and a chat. Each session has a theme or activity, and suggestions are put forward by the group…

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Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope is a newly formed community-based charity registered in Peasmarsh but targeting beneficiaries throughout Rother, Hastings and West Kent. Our aim is to teach people and their communities’ practical ways to sustain, conserve, protect and improve the natural environment and, through education and training, improve people’s health and well being using growing, cooking…

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Foundation of Light

WE ARE THE REGISTERED CHARITY OF SUNDERLAND AFC Established in 2001 by former Sunderland AFC chairman Sir Bob Murray CBE, our mission is simple: to improve lives through the power of football. We have grown to become one of the most pioneering sports charities in the world, winning multiple awards for our ground-breaking sports, health,…

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Crawley Town Community Foundation

Extra Time Hubs is a national project from EFL Trust. It gives people who have men and women over 55 the opportunity to meet like-minded people while socialising and participating in a variety of activities to improve their health and well-being. The Extra Time Hubs offer both social and physical activities which vary from week to week. These activities…

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Bookey

Bookey is an app that lets you meet new people through book swaps. It uses a magical algorithm to match you with others in your neighbourhood. A match occurs if you swipe right/like someone’s book and they also swipe right/like one of your books.   The best part of this app is that it allows…

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Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Charlton Athletic Community Trust’s (CACT’s) Extra Time Hub is a chance for those aged 55+ to get together once a week to take part in a wide variety of activities, from curling to singing for health and exercise to music. The aim of the hub is bringing together retired and semi-retired people to engage them…

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Sky Blues in the Community

Sky Blues in the Community is the official charity arm of Coventry City Football Club and operates across Coventry and Warwickshire to improve the lives of the residents. We do this through a range of programmes that fit within our key themes of Sport, Health, Education, and Inclusion. As part of our older peoples programme,…

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Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

Here at Bolton Wanderers Community Trust we host a session called the Extra Time Hub. This is a weekly get together/activity session for over 55’s and runs every Thursday at 10:30am. The aim of the project being to make a positive difference to how people enjoy their later years by bringing people together, at the…

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Burton Albion Community Trust

Burton Albion Community Trust deliver a variety of sessions throughout the week aimed at all ages. We have recently started a new programme Extra Time Hub which is aimed at get anyone over the age of 50 active. It is also about getting everyone to come together to tackle loneliness.

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Shine Cancer Support

Shine is the only UK charity that exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts – and that many of these are…

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British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has been working in partnership with Co-op since 2015 to tackle loneliness and social isolation. We convene the Loneliness Action Group, which brings together government, charities, businesses and public sector leaders to develop solutions and secure meaningful commitments from decision makers across the UK. We also provide the secretariat for the…

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Y?Not Ltd

It’s getting harder to meet new people and friends these days! Not anymore! Y?Not allows you to meet up instantly with people at a Café nearby, so you can rapidly build up your social group, make new connections and bring new opportunities in to your life! We believe this is the most exciting new socialising…

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M.A.P.

We have been recently funded to provide a service to young people who are lonely.  The funders are Building Connections.  We aim to help young people who may experience loneliness for a variety of reasons, aged 11 to 25 years.  We have started a steering group and completed a consultation of 500 young people asking…

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Volunteer Centre – Erewash

We recruit, train and support volunteers from all walks of life to visit clients in our community who may be older or disabled and have little or no contact with anyone on a daily basis, they may not fit the criteria for statutory services and we call them “the forgotten people”.  Our befriending and sitting…

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Carewatch Horsham & Crawley

We are a domiciliary care company based in Horsham. We provide assistance to individuals in their own home and community. Some of the assistance we offer include: personal care, shopping, accompanying individuals on day trips, cleaning, managing daily living, companionship. Many of our customers experience loneliness on a daily basis and with local council funding…

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Community Friends

Community Friends is a befriending project based in Thanet, Kent working in partnership with other Initiatives and Local Authorities such as Orbit Housing. The project supports residents aged 18+ experiencing loneliness and social isolation to engage in their local community, form and develop new relationships and improve wellbeing.

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Halifax Opportunities Trust

The Staying Well team can work with any adult in Calderdale 18 years and over to access social activities and health and wellbeing related services in the community.

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Mars Petcare UK Limited

In 2018 Mars Petcare brand Pedigree launched a trial for a new initiative ‘Pedigree Dog Dates’ which sought to tackle the issue of loneliness amongst older people by matching local residents over the age of 65 with dogs and their owners  in the local area. We set out to trial the initiative with older adults…

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Reading Voluntary Action

Ready Friends at Reading Voluntary Action aims to inspire and equip local people to take action on loneliness and social isolation.  We work with new and exisiting community groups, charities, public and commercial bodies in a variety of ways – providing networking opportunities, training, publicity, informatiom, legal advice, inspiration and support.  We have recently launched…

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SIGN North Tyneside

The SIGN Network want to help residents of the borough find out about events, groups and activities that take place in their local area – to help them connect with other people and make friends, do things they enjoy and learn new skills, and ultimately reduce their feelings of loneliness. They have introduced the SIGN…

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Smile Connect

Smile Connect is a social networking website for the over 50s in Sussex. We help people who may be lonely or socially isolated, make new connections with like-minded people who share their interests. Smile Connect is an active community of older people who enjoy long-lasting, online and face to face friendships. Our service promotes positive…

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Mayfield Care Homes Ltd

About us We strive to achieve the highest possible standards in every aspect of care for our residents and provide a welcoming homely, caring environment. Both of our care homes are privately owned and managed. There is a new management team at Samuel Hobson House and we have recently appointed a Principal Care Manager to…

The Reading Agency

Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. We use reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start everyone chatting. We work with volunteers of all ages to build social connections, using reading to spark conversations. Together, we reach some of the most vulnerable…

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Age UK North Tyneside

Age UK North Tyneside offers a range of activities and groups to encourage North Tyneside residents to come together, socialise and in some cases get active. We provide a befriending service which is volunteer led as well as lunch and evening eater and cuppa clubs. The range of activities is as diverse as our customers…

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Tailor-Made Tours (Europe) Ltd

LINKING PEOPLE with Tailor-Made Tours. Travel Experiences focused around peoples hobbies and interests.​ Hobbies and interests bring different people together. However many of us let go of our interests and hobbies to meet the daily demands of life. Life is about being happy, about being able to enjoy what you do, and there are many…

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Involve Tees Valley CIC

We are a newly established (2017) community interest company with charitable visions and values based and delivering across the Tees Valley. A grass roots company with over 20 years experience in delivering quality services for the young people and communities we work with. We provide 3 main projects that we deliver either from our centre base…

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Youth Cymru

Youth Cymru is a national voluntary organisation with over eighty years’ experience of supporting youth work and young people in Wales. We support a network of 184 youth facing organisations across Wales, voluntary and statutory. There are Youth Cymru member organisations in every local authority area and constituency. Together our member organisations worked with 212556…

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Tree House Project

We are a young peoples organisation that work with 13-19 year olds who may be feeling lonely, isolated or disconnected from the world. We are based in Rainworth, Notitnghamshire. -We offer a safe space to share experiences, thoughts and feelings -We run a youth board to shape projects and develop better support and services for…

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Rural Coffee caravan

Free mobile pop up cafes/information that travel rural Suffolk bring a social space to a rural place so that residents have somewhere they can get to know each other, spend time together, discuss ideas, plan community activity, receive support. We also hold Golden Age Fairs which are one stop information shops with arty activities and…

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Reaching Out Project

Reaching Out is a not.for.profit community based group covering the Wyre Forest District in the West Midlands. For more than five years we have run twice weekly lunch clubs for people who are over 55 years of age. We also run a monthly Friendship Group plus s seasonal luncheon event.with entertainment. Our members come to…

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Hayley Down

City Lit – Adult Education At City Lit we believe lifelong learning is key to helping people stay mentally stimulated throughout both their home, working life and well into retirement – broadening horizons, challenging people to leave their comfort zone and ‘conquer new worlds’, and helping people to make new contacts and connections that may…

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The Friendly Bench™

The Friendly Bench™ are innovative kerbside social spaces – connecting people, connecting places and connecting with nature. Specifically designed, The Friendly Bench™ are safe, easily accessible mini-community gardens with integrated seating situated within communities for people to meet, chat, and connect with each other, to places and with nature, reducing social isolation and increasing community…

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n-compass

Through our services we help people regain control of their lives, providing hope and a sense of purpose, through the provision of Carers, Advocacy, Wellbeing, Counselling and Volunteering services. Last year we supported 32,000 adult and young people in the Northwest. We place people at the centre of everything we do, delivering excellence by utilising…

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No Isolation

We reduce loneliness and social isolation through warm technology. Our devices have been specially designed help two of the most vulnerable groups of society. For the elderly we created KOMP, a simple one-button device with a large high-contrast screen which allows pictures and messages to be sent and video calls to be made direct to their…

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Next Steps Mental Health Resource Centre

Next Steps is a small charity based in the market town on Norton on Derwent in North Yorkshire. We provide support for people experiencing mental health issues, based around a community café and resource centre. From here we provide information, advice and guidance, opportunities to socialise or just a safe, supportive, space to relax. The…

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Former Forces Support

We provide our 17 seat community transport minibus to assist other organisations to deliver their services by providing easy to use and value for money transport solutions. Our minibus is available to groups/organisations to provide access to essential community services, which promote community activity, social inclusion, community cohesion, education, well-being and recovery from mental health…

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Ami

Volunteering to befriend someone else who is lonely and isolated is a great way to meet other people and feel less lonely yourself.  In Oxfordshire, Ami has made this easy to do.  Go to the website and pop in your postcode to find people near you seeking help and support.  You’ll be interviewed by one…

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Home-Start Kennet

We are a voluntary organisation that offers friendship, support and practical help to parents with young children in their own homes. This is a free service supported by our funders. Our area of operation is Marlborough, Pewsey, Calne, Devizes, Chippenham and Tidworth and their surrounding villages. Families are introduced to us through a number of…

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FaithAction

We support faith-based and community organisations that are involved in social action. We know that many of these groups are doing vital work to tackle loneliness, and we work to help link them with the health and care system and with government, so that the work of faith groups becomes part of national efforts to…

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Mumsnet

Mumsnet is the UK’s biggest network for parents, and our aim is to make parents’ lives easier by pooling knowledge, advice and support. Parenting can feel pretty lonely at times; time and again we see our users talking about how other posters’ responses helped them to cope with the day-to-day dilemmas of early parenthood, which…

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Jewish Volunteering Network – JVN

Volunteering is a key way of combating loneliness, for both the volunteer and the beneficiary. Through the website JVN matches those individuals wanting to volunteer with charitable organisations in need of support. In addition JVN supports Volunteer Management for Charities/Social Enterprises/ Organisations so that they can be more effective in dealing with their volunteers. Our…

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Creative Arts East

Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity committed to bringing the very best arts and cultural activities to rural and/or under-engaged audiences across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider eastern region. We aim to use the transformative power of the arts to fight rural and social isolation; increase enjoyment, skills, health and wellbeing;…

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Contact The Elderly

At Contact the Elderly, we encourage volunteers to spend a little time every month to make the older people in their community feel connected and valued. Once we are over 75, we can start losing our links to the outside world and, before we know it, our only contact is with people who are looking…

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Mencap Gig Buddies

What is Gig Buddies? Gig Buddies is a volunteer befriending project for adults with learning disabilities, matching them with a volunteer who shares similar interests. We recognise that a lot of people with learning disabilities (PWLD) don’t have many people in their lives who aren’t paid to be there or friends who are based around…

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Boxing Futures

Boxing Futures aims to make an immediate and positive impact on young people’s lives through improving physical and mental well-being through sport, where are main focus is working with young people aged between the years of 16 – 25. However as Boxing Futures has grown, so has our reach, where we now also work with…

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Active Plus CIC

Active Plus utilises the skills and experience of Wounded, Injured and Sick military veterans to deliver unique programmes that build confidence, motivation and self-belief amongst a wide range of vulnerable or potentially vulnerable people and groups in the community. We support injured military veterans who are on their own journey and who are ideally equipped…

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Eden Project Communities

Our aim is to improve the happiness and wellbeing of people across the UK by helping to build more resilient and better connected communities. Eden supports and encourages people all over the UK to take positive actions that strengthen local connections and build stronger communities.

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Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre

8 in 10 unpaid carers report feeling lonely. Carers are significantly more likely to feel lonely compared to their peers not looking after someone. Our pop-up neighbourhood Carer Cafes across Bath and North East Somerset create a regular opportunity for carers to come together and their share experiences. You can stay for as little or…

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Spirit of 2012

Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund. Spirit awards grants for inclusive arts, sports and volunteering activities in communities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing. The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired…

Shine Cancer Support

Shine is the only UK charity that exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts – and that many of these are…

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Community Court Yard

Our work is rooted in challenging narratives, in order to change the composition of communities by creating connections. Working relationally, bringing people together to create social change. Our weekly community circles are spaces where people powered community organising takes place. Bringing people together to utilise the skills, talents, resources and the passion people have to…

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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity, which has been fighting against social inequality and transforming lives for over 150 years. The Salvation Army expresses its faith through charitable action by working at the heart of communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We have 750 community churches and social…

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Befriended

Befriended is a local charity working with local churches in Mid Sussex addressing the issue of loneliness and isolation amongst older people.  Befriended offers a one to one weekly befriending service and various community events throughout the year.  

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MHA

MHA is an award-winning charity that helps improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across the UK every day. It is the only care provider to offer connected care and support at all stages of later life through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living, and vibrant live at home community groups. MHA’s live at…

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Spirit of 2012

Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund. Spirit awards grants for inclusive arts, sports and volunteering activities in communities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing. The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired…

Mind in Mid Herts

Mind in Mid Herts is a local mental health charity in Hertfordshire, although we are affiliated to national mind we are financially separate. Our mission is to provide prevention, recovery and support services in Hertfordshire to empower people to take control of their mental health. Our vision is that we will work to ensure the…

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Shine Cancer Support

Shine is the only UK charity that exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts – and that many of these are…

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Linking Lives UK

Linking Lives UK is a national Christian charity working with churches and faith groups to initiate visiting/ befriending projects in communities across the UK. These projects bring together volunteers and socially isolated older people through home visits carried out once a week or once a fortnight for around one hour. These visits are often a…

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Edberts House

Edberts House is a thriving community charity that is currently managing three community projects based in East Gateshead: Edberts House, Pattinson House and our Community Linking Project. We work together with local residents of all ages to make our communities happier, healthier and more welcoming places to live. Over the past three years our Community…

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Assura PLC

We are a specialist property company which owns GP and primary care buildings around the UK. We invite the GP practices in our buildings to tell us about the local charity and volunteer projects which make a difference to the health of their patients, to which we distribute small funding grants to help them deliver…

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Off the Record Bristol (OTR)

Off the Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. OTR isn’t just a charity providing mental health services, it’s a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people. OTR provides information…

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British Red Cross

Are you living with loneliness or social isolation – or know someone who is? We can help you connect with your local community and meet new friends. Your local Connecting Communities team will help you to explore your interests and start doing the things you want. This might be: meeting new friends rediscovering your interests…

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Prisoners Abroad

Prisoners Abroad is a human rights and welfare charity providing humanitarian aid, advise and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment. We assist British citizens during their incarceration, when they return to the UK and need access to resettlement services, and we also support their family and friends throughout the trauma. Prisoners Abroad translates…

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WaveLength

Since 1939, WaveLength has provided media technology to people who are lonely and can’t afford to buy equipment themselves. Initially giving wirelesses, the charity now gives radios, tablets, and televisions. Alongside supporting on an individual basis, the charity works with organisations including women’s refuges, homeless hostels, day-care centres, hospital wards, and care homes. In 2018…

Care Home Friends

We bring companionship, connection and joy into the lives of older people living in care homes through trained volunteers spending time and building friendship with them. This might involve simply chatting, or going for a walk, reading aloud, doing a crossword together, playing a game – anything that a resident might enjoy that builds companionship….

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Home-Start Croydon

Home-Start Croydon is a local independent charity founded in 1989; we are part of the UK-wide network of over 200 Home-Start schemes. For over 30 years we have been committed to supporting local families, in their own homes and the wider community, who are experiencing difficulties or suffering stress and who have at least one…

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Action for Children

Action for Children is a UK children’s charity committed to helping vulnerable children and young people, and their families, throughout the UK. The charity’s 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 520 services in the UK. Part of our work is with families to combat loneliness through parent support groups, nurseries, networks for young carers, and…

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The Jo Cox Foundation

The Great Get Together (TGGT) is a major national campaign that brings communities together to achieve national unity. It was founded by The Jo Cox Foundation in the wake of Jo’s murder in 2016. Based on her fundamental values of kindness, compassion and inclusivity, the campaign seeks to continue Jo’s positive legacy and promote the…

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Community Lincs

We are a charity based in Sleaford and working across Lincolnshire, we have been supporting this community since 1927. Our work is guided by our vision to create a Lincolnshire where people are connected, communities thrive and opportunities exist for all.   Our community is currently facing an epidemic of loneliness and social isolation for…

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TED in East Lindsey

TED Ageing Better in East Lindsey aims to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. Our strands include: • Friendship Groups • Age-friendly Businesses • Evaluation and Research • Commissioned Services such as: o Advocacy and Advice Services o…

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IMAGO

Imago is a social action charity working across Kent, Medway, East Sussex and London. We deliver a range of services and projects; supporting independence, reducing social isolation and creating opportunities, for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. In addition we help voluntary and community sector organisations operate more effectively by offering a range…

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Gransnet

Gransnet is the busiest online community for over 50s. At its heart is a discussion forum where our users give each other advice and support, discussing everything from being a grandparent to menopause, bereavement, current affairs, difficult daughters-in-law and relationships. Available 24/7, every day of the year, there is always someone online to respond to…

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Silver Sunday

Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar when everyone can come together to celebrate older people: a day in the nation’s hearts where older people feel valued and are given new opportunities to get out of the house, keep their minds and bodies active, learn new skills, make new friends and connect…

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Positively UK

Positively UK provides peer-led support, advocacy and information to everyone living with HIV to manage any aspect of their diagnosis, care and life with HIV. Working in partnership with the NHS our peer work is integrated at clinics across London. We run a range of peer-led support groups for women, heterosexual men and women and…

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Age UK Sunderland

Age UK Sunderland is a local and independent charity. Our mission is to promote and support the well-being of all older people (aged 50+) throughout the City of Sunderland, improve their quality of life and help them to maintain independence. Including via the following services: Meaningful Connections: offering one-to one support to older LGBTQ+ to…

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Kingscare League of Friends and Kerswella Care

KingsCare League of Friend aim to improve the quality of life of those in need within the local community of Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot.  Kerswella Care is supported by KingsCare League of Friends and covers the area of Kingskerswell, Abbotskerswell and surrounding Coombe Area. We both offer  services to help combat loneliness and social isolation:…

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Brighton Women’s Centre

We create a safe space where a woman can be herself, where we can build a strong, supportive relationship with her – giving her the security she needs to take the next steps towards a better life. We understand that the problems in women’s lives can sometimes come from deeper root causes and so, our…

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CAFAG

Chell Area Family Action Group (CAFAG) is a registered charity based at the Whitfield Valley Centre in Fegg Hayes, Stoke-on-Trent. We have long been an invaluable part of the local community, providing activities and services that are designed to improve the physical, mental and social health of the communities of Fegg Hayes, Chell, Chell Heath…

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Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire

Grapevine helps people and communities in Coventry and Warwickshire use their untapped power to create better futures. We want to see them tackling their challenges, taking opportunities and shaping their lives. Too many struggle on the edge of coping and our help changes by: Sparking community action – Tackling isolation and loneliness by helping people…

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Manchester Carers Forum

If you live in Manchester and look after a partner, relative or friend who cannot manage without you- whether that is for an hour a week or 24 hours a day- Manchester Carers Forum is here to support you. Our telephone support line connect carers to someone who will offer a listening ear, friendship and…

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Groundwork Greater Nottingham

The Smile Project is a brand-new programme supporting older people to reduce isolation across Bilborough through a volunteer buddying programme. Groundwork will be recruiting buddy volunteers to enable individuals to access local community groups in their area. The four key objectives for the programme are: Reduce loneliness and isolation in older people across Bilborough Reduce…

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Ideas Hub Chelmsford

We run an arts and crafts cafe for the community of Chelmsford, Essex. We offer chats and/ or activities (art, crafts, woodwork, raspberry Pi and more) and information at what is available in Chelmsford and parishes. We are situated in Chelmsford Library with access for everyone.

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Action Foundation

Action Foundation is an award-winning charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne providing support to disadvantaged refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants across Tyne and Wear. Through our three supported housing projects and English language school we aim to plug a gap in existing provision and enable vulnerable migrants to; avoid homelessness and extreme poverty, access…

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Bradford and District Live at Home Scheme

Bradford and District Live at Home Scheme provides various activities to support Older People to remian living independantly in thier own homes and play and active part in community life. We currently have five ” Live at Home Coonection Hubs ” based in Bradford. From each Hubs we offer Lunch Clubs – with transport Various…

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Befriending Networks Ltd

We are a National Umbrella organisation supporting Befriending organisations across the UK with advice, training, support, networking opportunities and specific Befriending Quality Award.  Our website hosts lots of information and resources on all things Befriending and interested organisations can sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter or chose to join as full members (costs available…

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Women activity centre

WAC offers both therapeutic & social care to ladies who are 50 plus years. We provide a wide range of services and a high standard of care, but also encourage service users to maintain a healthy and independent living. We offer appropriate and culturally sensitive services designed to meet identified needs. Key Focus at WAC…

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The Cares Family

The Cares Family is a group of community networks of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing cities. We do this because while our big cities are amazing – full of people from all over the world and hotbeds of innovation and change – they can also…

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