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Explore our map to find organisations and events near you supporting people who are experiencing loneliness.

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The Reader

Join the Reading Revolution We’re a national charity that wants to bring about a Reading Revolution so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which we believe is a tool for helping humans survive and live well. From our global Shared Reading movement, to our Calderstones Park home – The Reader builds lively communities…

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FirstLight Trust

FirstLight Trust rehabilitates those leaving and those who have left the Armed Forces and Emergency Services back into their communities, whatever that looks like for each individual. The hubs at FirstLight Trust are like nothing else currently available, they provide a welcoming and safe environment for those who have not received the much-needed support they…

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Déda

Déda is a leading creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work – connecting locally, nationally and internationally. With an extensive class programme, performances from the best of the international dance and contemporary circus scene, outdoor arts and visual arts exhibitions: Déda enriches people’s lives through dance and the arts. Dance classes for children…

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Alive

Alive is a leading UK charity aiming to reduce isolation and loneliness and enrich the lives of older people living in care. Set up in 2009, through activities and projects we have supported thousands of  vulnerable older people (especially those living with dementia) to connect with what’s important to them and with the community and…

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Sharing A Story CIC

Sharing A Story CIC is a small community organisation in East Lothian. We run shared reading and creative writing sessions in order to reduce social isolation. Our main goal is to empower people to communicate and use their voice by engaging in discussions inspired by books and having the time and space to tell their…

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Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums has 9 venues across the North East and a multitude of Volunteer opportunities available. We need you, your skills, enthusiasm and ‘can do’ nature to make sure we can stay the best at what we do! One of our most important aims is to make a positive difference in…

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Stockport Libraries

Reading Group  3rd Saturday in the month 2-15pm to 3.30pm

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Idea Stores

Idea Stores provide safe and welcoming spaces in the heart of our communities. In addition to traditional Library services and adult learning, we provide a number of informal activities and groups that provide an opportunity to get out, meet people, have a chat and make new friends. From Story Time for families with young children,…

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Home-start Ashford and District

We offer various types of support to families experiencing a range of difficulties including, disability and illness, multiple birth, separation/bereavement and mental health including PND. We offer: Home Visiting Volunteers – Weekly support from a trained volunteer for up to a year (at least one child under 5 years) Family Support Workers – Short term…

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Matinée Derbyshire

Matinée provides dementia friendly cinema screenings across Derbyshire for people living with memory challenges, their family and friends. We aim to combat loneliness and social isolation for people living with dementia by creating a sociable and friendly atmosphere where patrons will enjoy the film and activities that we provide. Matinée film screenings include a great…

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Manor Park Libray

Manor Park library is a safe space for people to come to relax and take part in free activities, support groups and events. Working with volunteers and external providers we encourage community cohesion, healthy lifestyles, and promote digital inclusion. Customers can take part in any of the following including diabetic support group, pain management sessions,…

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Brightlife

Brightlife Social Prescribing offers a way for healthcare professionals to address loneliness and social isolation with patients. We provide a one-to-one personalised intervention and will link people through their preferred means into a wide range of community-based services – through signposting, supported access, accompanied visits – that can help patients to improve and manage their…

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Borderland Voices, arts for health and mental wellbeing

Regular weekly, sociable arts-based workshops: Monday 10.30-12.30 self-help patchwork; Tuesday 10.30-12.30 professionally-led creative writing; Tuesday 1.30-3.30 professionally-led art; Thursday 10.30-12.30 self-help art. All workshops are warm and welcoming and include drinks, biscuits and lots of fun and laughter.

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Medway Libraries

Putting our customers at the centre of everything we do, offering a range of accessible events and resources that bring people together, foster creativity, and encourage lifelong learning. Medway libraries offer a wide range of resources online in addition to fifteen static libraries and a community mobile library.

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Highland Hospice

Highland Hospice Helping Hands befriending and support service supports people at home. Our volunteer befrienders do not offer clinical or personal care however they can make a big difference to the general welfare of the people they support. They provide social and practical support to all individuals in need regardless of their diagnosis. Each person…

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Libraries NI

Libraries NI offers a range of social activities that give people the opportunity to join in an activity, share skills and meet new people. Knit and Natter is a group for anyone who enjoys knitting, crochet or other crafts with the opportunity to share crafting tips and swap patterns and enjoy great company. Reading Groups…

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Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture

Fitness, food and friends Are you over 50? Looking for a way to get more involved in social activities, meet new friends and learn about staying fit and healthy? Come along to any of our free Fitness, Food and Friends sessions! We run 12 week, tailored courses across East Lindsey, each covering: Basic/bespoke nutritional advice….

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Stockport Libraries

Reading Friends We have Reading Friends sessions on the first Friday of each month at Stockport Central Library, between 10.30-11.30am. Reading Friends is great opportunity for people to get together to chat and share stories. People come along to meet new people, make friends and have a laugh. Everyone is welcome.

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Lambeth Libraries and Archives

Lambeth Libraries and Archives has ten libraries that offer a range of services to citizens of all ages. All branches have under 5s story times that are free for parents and carers. Many branches have over 50s groups, adult and children’s reading groups, games clubs, gardening, craft and knitting groups, as well as English Conversation,…

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HERA (Robin Hood Health Foundation)

HERA offers a wide range of professional artist-led creative activities to people living with ongoing physical and mental health conditions, or recovering from serious illness. We create, exhibit, perform and distribute artistic work in NHS primary care settings.

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Cynon Valley Museum Trust

The CVMT works closely with charities and other local third sector organisations to provide safe and welcoming volunteering opportunities for people who may be experiencing lonliness. Our volunteering programme is full of a diverse range of people, with varied backgrounds and life experience. We can also offer skills development in customer service, front of house,…

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Mckenleys Music

Mckenleys Music is a small LTD organisation based in Birmingham West-Midlands. We are setup particularly with a vision to target loneliness and those who feel alienated the community. We believe that “everyone deserves a smile“. our goal is to help reduce social isolation and exclusion: by taking our music to the elderly, care and residential…

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Blackburn with Darwen Library & Information Service

Blackburn with Darwen Libraries offer a range of sessions and activities tackling social exclusion.  These include (but not limited to), reading groups, art and craft sessions, coffee mornings, events for carers, and help to manage health conditions online.  We also offer a range of opportunities to volunteer, and make a difference in the local community. …

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ArtatWork CIC

We primarily run arts, walking and heritage projects for women who have mental health issues in Norwich. We also run events for business and community that use the arts to promote wellbeing.

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Tin Hat Centre

We provide a safe, secure and fully accessible ‘Friendly Community Hub’  for 14 community groups, a Community Partnership Library, Sure Start and adult training.  We serve in excess of 12,000 individuals annually.  We  offer an onsite community cafe, open Mon – Fri 9.30 – 3pm which provides home made food, 2 course befriending meals and…

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Macular Society

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) steals your central vision, your confidence and your ability to enjoy the things you love. Many people living with AMD feel alone, and it helps to talk to someone else who knows exactly what you’re going through. The Macular Society has a telephone befriending service, free to use for anyone affected…

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Norfolk Library and Information Service

We have 47 libraries across Norfolk situated in larger villages and towns along with 6 mobile libraries.  We run free regular activities in all our libraries with the aim to help combat social isolation a loneliness, these include knit and knatter, scrabble, colour me calm, board games, chess, crafting and many more. All 47 libraries…

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

At the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre you will find a wealth of information and advice to help you research the history of your ancestors, your house, town, parish, community and more. We provide free access to thousands of historical records, maps and images relating to the county of Wiltshire. Specific resources: The Memory Box…

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Manchester Libraries

All Manchester Libraries are a warm and friendly neutral spaces which are ideal for anyone feeling alone or socially isolated. You can just be in the library as well as finding out what groups or activities you could get involved in to meet others.

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The Silver Social

The Silver Social is ambitious programme of daytime events aimed at older people, in community venues across Breckland, Norfolk. The Project uses a range of art forms, delivered by professional practitioners, to promote participation and independent living in our communities. The Silver Social holds events in libraries, village halls and other familiar community spaces, in…

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Essex Library Services

Essex Library Services operates 74 libraries, 8 community libraries and 2 mobile libraries across Essex. As well as offering books and information, libraries offer opportunities to get online, learn something new, children’s and family activities, book groups, knit & natter, craft groups, family history groups and community tea times. Libraries act as a community hub,…

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St Helens Library Service

Increase your well-being with St Helens Library Service. We have 12 libraries throughout the borough of St Helens (Merseyside) and we are an inclusive service and our doors are open to everyone. Call into your local library and discover how we bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support…

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Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise (COPE)

Established in 2003 to look after the interests and well-being of all older people  (over 50) in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, membership is free and at present there are 2,600 members in the County.  It campaigns on their behalf when their needs are not catered for eg loss of free BBC Licence, Banks  & P.Os closing…

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Company of Others

Company of Others is a dance organisation based in the North East, led by Nadia Iftkhar. As part of our work, we lead Company of Others Ensemble, a dance group for people over the age of 60 who might be experiencing social isolation and who are looking for a fun way to keep moving. Rehearsals…

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Cambridge Community Arts

Cambridge Community Arts help to build community, connections and confidence through creativity. We offer creative arts courses for adults, in a safe, friendly and supportive environment in Cambridge and Wisbech.  Our long and short courses, in small group settings, are run by professional artists and musicians, who have lots of experience working with people from…

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Gingerbread

Gingerbread is the only national charity dedicated to working with and for single parent families in England & Wales. We have been at the forefront of shaping policy and services that support single parents for more than a century. There are around two million single parent families in the country which means that approximately one…

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Blackfriars Settlement

Blackfriars Settlement is a community organisation with open access services for older people, for people with mental health challenges, a programme of activities aimed at people living nearby to help them meet and get involved in their local community, and a range of adult education classes. Currently we have a range of activities run in…

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ARCh

We offer a rewarding opportunity, volunteering to help children in local primary schools develop a love of reading. After successfully completing our application, interview, checking and training process, each volunteer is placed in a primary school close to them. They are assigned 3 children to work with and they visit the school twice a week,…

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Ageing Well

What is Ageing Well? Ageing Well is a service for people aged 50+ living in Brighton & Hove. We can signpost you to cafes and centres, interest groups & activities, day trips, LGBTQ-specific activities, multicultural activities, volunteering, befriending or advice. Discover more about what Brighton & Hove has to offer by getting in touch. How…

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Action For Children Chat and Play England

We set up and run 6 week sessions for new parents who may be experiencing the effects of loneliness or social isolation. Throughout the sessions we aim to introduce parents to what is available in their local area and help develop links, friendships and confidence to get involved in their local community. The sessions are…

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Timebank South West

Timebank South West is a registered charity based in Plymouth, Devon. Our aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness by bringing people together and increase their sense of well-being by sharing their skills and time with others. Timebanking is a different way people can volunteer their time and skills, it’s informal and flexible approach…

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Bonny Downs Community Association

BDCA is a dynamic community-led charity that has been serving the residents of East Ham since 1998. We strive to make a real and lasting difference to the quality of life of local people by promoting community cohesion, tackling isolation, encouraging healthier lifestyles and addressing the root causes of poverty. Over time, our team of…

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Lily

Lily helps people in west Norfolk and Swaffham find advice and information on living independently, or just an activity to do. This can be done through our online directory, telephone helpline, and Lily Advisor home visits. Lily looks at combating loneliness and social isolation by getting people ages 18+ involved in their local community.

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Home Start Croydon

Home-Start Croydon is a voluntary organisation committed to supporting local families, in their own homes, who are experiencing difficulties or suffering stress and who have at least one child under the age of five years. Our aims are: To increase the confidence and independence of the family by: Offering support, friendship and practical assistance Visiting…

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Time to Talk Befriending

Time to Talk Befriending is an intergenerational befriending programme for isolated and lonely older people where we facilitate opportunities for them to connect and develop a friendship with our wide range of community volunteers spanning across the generations. As a result, we see a dramatic improvement in our members wellbeing (measured through annual reviews). We…

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The Friendly Bench™

The Friendly Bench™ are innovative outdoor social spaces designed to connect people to each other, places and 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.  The Friendly Bench™ are also active,…

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Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordination Making Life Better Are you feeling alone, or in need or some support or help? Local Area Coordinators are now working in the areas below to help people find a way to make their life better with the help and support of their communities. We can: Take time to listen and get…

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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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Access Community Trust

Who are we and what do we do? Access is a local charity that works with disadvantaged communities throughout Suffolk and Norfolk, providing much needed support through housing, health, wellbeing, education and employment opportunities. After 40 years of service, we still continue to grow and this year alone we have provided safe accommodation for nearly…

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Listening Ear Community Cafe

Listening Ear Cafe. We open one day a week on Tuesdays 10.00-3.00. The cafe is a legacy of our church soup and bread group which met once a week to encourage getting together and to foster connection.  The cafe has kept that ethos broadening out to the wider community and we promote ourselves as a…

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Active Plus CIC

Active Plus is a Community Interest Company that utilises the skills and experience of wounded, injured and sick military veterans to build confidence, unlock potential and inspire change. Our veterans empathise, inspire, challenge and gain respect in a way that is a powerful force for change; both for participants and for the veterans who are…

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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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Platform 1

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 area.

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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…

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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Re-engage

At Re-engage, 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 after our…

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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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