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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31 Jan
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Jo Cox Loneliness Commission is Launched

Today, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is being launched at the Houses of Parliament. Issues around loneliness are now appearing in the media on an almost weekly basis, such is the concern by government, charities and wider society. This is a major concern in relation to mental, physical and spiritual health of people of […]

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06 Nov
  • By jeremy
  • Cause in Godalming

Busbridge & Hambledon

A combined benefice of two former parishes in Godalming In the combined benefice of Busbridge and Hambledon on the outskirts of Godalming, a focus on befriending older people was realised by a legacy to the church that was ring-fenced for work with older people. The project has now secured two years’ funding from the borough [...]
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22 Oct
  • By jeremy
  • Cause in Woodley

Woodley Baptist Church

A modern building on a housing development A church-led community survey raised the issue of isolation in the local area for Woodley Baptist Church. The church used the evidence gathered from the survey, which pointed to high levels of loneliness and isolation, as the basis of an approach to local GPs and social workers. It [...]
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