7th August 2017 - Published Date
Recent studies have revealed that over 1.2 million older people in England are chronically lonely, which is having a huge impact on their mental health and well-being. A study released by the Co-op and British Red Cross back in December revealed that over 9 million people in the UK report that they are always or often lonely. That’s almost one fifth of the population!
Everyone can experience loneliness. Transitions such as becoming a new parent, empty nest syndrome, retirement, long-term health issues, mobility limitations, bereavement, divorce or separation can be triggers.
Help end loneliness in your community with a role as a volunteer befriender. The role usually involves regular meet-ups with the service user, say weekly or fortnightly, to offer a supportive and reliable friendship to an individual who would otherwise be socially isolated.
Feeling a little dull this summer? OK, we may be biased but volunteering to help others and supporting a cause you care about is a surefire way to bring on the warm fuzzies. It is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn something new and really feel a part of your community.
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