We know loneliness is a big problem in the UK, and it affects so many people negatively, in all walks of life and at any age. We are passionate about inspiring individuals, equipping volunteers and supporting churches to join the fight locally against loneliness.

We have over 25 years experience of running befriending schemes, and currently have over 40 befriending schemes in operation around the UK. But we also provide a variety of resources for individuals and volunteers who want to do what they can locally.



Of Adults

feel occasionally, sometimes or often lonely in England. This equates to twenty five million people.

cigarettes a day

has the same effect on your health as loneliness, living alone and poor social connections does.


of those aged 85

and over and 38% of those aged 75 to 84 live alone in England.

people aged 60+

say television is their main company.



in your risk of death if you suffer from loneliness.

older people

go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.

Our Values

As a Christian charity, we believe that God’s ideal is for us to live connected to others. The first thing that God said was not good was ‘for man to be alone’ (Genesis 2:18). Our strapline summarises our core focus at every level of the charity:

“Improving quality of life through friendship”

Our values reflect our belief that relationships are key to addressing loneliness:

  • We want to serve those who are most alone and to bring hope
  • We particularly value one to one relationships
  • At the heart of everything we do is the love of Jesus
  • We want to build mutually beneficial relationships of trust
  • We deeply value understanding everyone’s story acknowledging that we are all equal

‘A Father to the fatherless is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.’ (Ps 68: 5-6)


Linking Lives UK was nominated by Cinnamon Network for ‘Best Replicable Project’ at the 2016 Christian Funders Forum Awards event in Lambeth Palace, and we received the Silver Award in our category. This award acknowledged the effectiveness of our approach in enabling churches across the UK to address loneliness and social isolation.



We know we can achieve so much more if we partner with similar organisations on a regional or national level and are excited to work together with the following organisations:


We are Associate Members of Church Urban Fund’s Together Network, a network of Christian charities based in England that are committed to tackling poverty and transforming communities. Church Urban Fund serves the Together Network as host and facilitator, coordinating activities and providing resources enabling collective aims to be met.


Linking Lives UK was one of the founder members of (CTAL) which is made up of eight national Christian charities working together to address loneliness. We meet regularly to share ideas, plan joint initiatives and raise the issue of loneliness among churches on a national level.