What do we do?
We exist to provide social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing.
In 2019, 8,500 older guests were part of over 900 regular social gatherings across the UK, supported by 14,000 volunteers.
However, in response to the COVID-19 crisis we suspended these social gatherings and created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions.
As well as making sure that all those already receiving our support get a regular phone call throughout the lockdown, we are offering a call companion to anyone else of this generation who lives alone or in sheltered housing and feels lonely or isolated.
We plan to make call companions a permanent addition to our work and will continue to run this new service alongside our social gatherings when things get back to normal.