31 Aug
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Partnership Development Worker Vacancy

Partnership Development Worker Vacancy We are currently advertising a brand new role of Partnership Development Worker with Linking Lives UK. The role will be on the basis of 8 hours per week for an initial 6 month period. If you have a passion to reach and support isolated older people, have experience in roles using […]

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22 Jul
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Golden Years Conference – Lewisham

On Saturday 15th July, Linking Lives Lewisham held their annual ‘Golden Years Conference’. Heather Woods (our Training & Quality Standards Officer) went along and here is her description of the day…. ‘Love, warmth, joy, recognition and respect was my experience at the 4th annual Golden conference,  The day was run by Elim Pentecostal Church in […]

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18 Jul
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Colourful Radio Interview

We were invited to talk about the work of Linking Lives UK on Colourful Radio’s ‘Your Faith Matters’ programme on 13th July. National Coordinator, Jeremy Sharpe and Coordinator of Lewisham Linking Lives, Shola Fiberesima spent one hour with presenter Serah Lister discussing the issue of loneliness amongst people of all ages and backgrounds, as well […]

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04 Apr
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How visiting older people is a ‘win-win’ activity!

Penny Naylor, Scheme Co-ordinator at our partner project – Befriending Networks  – in Godalming, Surrey shares the story of a successful link up of one of her clients and a volunteer. “One of our clients, Ruth, is a 95-year-old artist. I introduced her to one of our volunteers, Sue, 20 years her junior and also an […]

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04 Apr
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From ‘Critically lonely’ to ‘Connected’!

Emily Kenward, the Coordinator for one of our partner projects – Time to Talk Befriending – in Brighton, shares a story of  a successful link up between  a client and volunteer: Veronica, aged 72, was so lonely that she would ring the Sussex Police 9 to 15 times a week, something she had been doing for six […]

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21 Mar
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Churches Challenged to Address Loneliness

Five leading Christian Charities have come together to encourage churches to play a major role in the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and its focus on older people between 21st March and 23rd April 2017. Under the slogan ‘Start a Conversation’, they would like to mobilise Christians to help themselves and others around them – […]

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10 Mar
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How it all started…

Terry’s Story In 2001, I met a man (aged around 65) called Terry who quickly had a profound effect on my personal and work outlook on life. At the time, I was Community Development Worker at Woodley Baptist Church in Berkshire, and a local social worker had asked if we could visit a gentleman as […]

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07 Mar
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Leicester Western Ward Linking Lives

On 7th March 2017, we registered our latest Linking Lives project which is situated in north west Leicester. New Parks Methodist Church recognised the need for support for isolated older people and approached us about setting up a befriending scheme in May 2016. They then attended a training event in Berkshire and learned about what […]

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07 Mar
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Simply Limitless, Kidderminster

A small church operating a multi-generational community centre in Kidderminster The outreach to older people at the Simply Limitless centre started with a fitness class for over 60s. Realising the extent of the need for social contact in their area, the team asked themselves how they could accelerate the process of supporting older people. The […]

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18 Feb
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TiM Friends – Burghfield & Mortimer, West Berkshire

TiM (Together in Mission) Friends was the first of our projects to be set up in 2013 and they have just celebrated their third anniversary! The befriending scheme was initiated by an inter-denominational social action charity called Together in Mission who had already set up other projects such as a community café and School Pastors. […]

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