- Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Whether you know someone who is lonely, or are just inspired to help out in your local community, small actions can make a difference to reducing loneliness. Everyone can help to end loneliness in older age; if everyone who reads this page does one of the things below, we will be making a start.
- If you’re inspired to help you can volunteer with WRVS or Independent Age. Through giving your time and company you can help us to reach people who feel lonely.
- If you already know someone who is lonely, then finding out what social connection they are missing is crucial: read our “about loneliness” page for more information. They may need ideas and support to help them re-establish relationships with others or they may miss having a deeper relationship in their life. If this is the case it can be a tricky area to discuss so go gently and be supportive about what they wish for their life. Have a look at our “feeling lonely” pages for more ideas to help end loneliness for a particular person you know.
- Are you younger and think older age doesn’t affect you? Helping in your community can be a two-way street. You could volunteer with one of our partner organisations who all need many hands to help older people overcome loneliness. You will get to know your older neighbours, offer help with the things you find easy to do and you may be surprised by the offers of help you get in return.
- Are you approaching retirement? Cherish your connections after retirement. This is a time when your social circles change and it takes effort to stay in touch. Keep contributing. Get involved in your local community as a volunteer or in local activities.
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