Good Friends is about creating a network of informal volunteers who share their time to people in need of extra support
By providing support and a friendly point of contact to someone in need of support, you can secure a better quality of life for them. Good Friends is about building back a sense of community cohesion in an increasingly isolated world.
Loneliness is an increasing problem in society today, half a million people across the UK go at least 5 days without seeing anyone and over half (51%) of all people over the age of 75 live alone. It can have a serious impact on your health too, it can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and has more health than being severely overweight (Holt-Lunstad 2010). Lonely people are also at increased risk of suffering from dementia, heart disease and depression. (Valtorta et al, 2016) (James et al, 2011) (Cacioppo et al, 2006)
Good Friends encourages communities to support their more lonely or disadvantaged neighbours and to ensure that older and vulnerable people are not left alone and struggling with getting by in an ever-changing world.*2011 Census Data, ONS
We match people in need of a little extra support to one of our “Good Friends” volunteers based on their needs and interests who can help with a range of issues they may be facing.
These can include:
There are many more ways we can help.**Age UK Loneliness Heatmap 2017