OUR VISION TO END LONELINESS IN THE UK
Our primary focus is on working with local churches and Christian organisations in addressing loneliness. We do this through passing on our tried and tested approaches of befriending in ways that complement existing local work.
For many years, there has been concern about the negative impact that loneliness has on people of all ages. Churches are in an ideal position to respond to this, and many have been doing so for many years. We have been working on a national level since 2012 and we have identified effective responses and practical tools which can be used in all areas.
Our long term goal is to establish befriending schemes in every county of the UK which impact the lives particularly of older people.
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.
go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.
Linking Lives UK was nominated by Cinnamon Network for an award at the 2016 Christian Funders Forum Awards event in Lambeth Palace, and we received the Silver Award in our category of ‘Best Replicable Project’. This award acknowledged the effectiveness of our approach in enabling churches across the UK to address loneliness and social isolation.