I feel lonely and isolated and want to connect with those around me

As we get older, we can often find ourselves with less social interaction which can make us feel lonely, and especially with coronavirus restrictions, many people are experiencing social isolation which can be very damaging for our mental health.

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There are many befriending services both within Havering and nationally that will connect you to someone in later years, clubs & activities, free advice & support, computer & art courses.

What people say about befriending

“Sometimes I don’t speak to anyone else for days”

“Although I have never met the volunteers who phone me, I feel they are my friends”

“My visitor is so cheerful, I always feel better after she comes”

What is telephone befriending?

If you are feeling lonely or isolated, there are many organisations with volunteers on hand who are there simply to have a chat and provide good company over the phone.

They may also be able to provide advice and information on the different services available to you.

Befriending services

Age UK - 0800 470 8090 - has a telephone friendship service so you can enjoy chatting with someone over the phone, all from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’d like to speak to someone every week, or just want to talk when the need strikes, they’re there to help.

Tapestry – 01708 796 600 – matches each person with a volunteer who has a similar outlook on life and common interests to provide companionship to help increase confidence, independence and to keep connected to the local community.

Havering Volunteer Centre (HVC) - 01708 922 214 - has a network of volunteers who are Check in and Chat Buddies (CiCBs) for anyone who needs to hear a friendly voice on the end of the phone once in a while. They also have a Virtual Cuppa every other Monday between 11am and 12pm.

Re-engage - 0800 716 543 – provides free ‘call companions’ for older people who live alone and feel they could do with a friendly phone call every week or two.

Independent Age - 0800 319 6789 - will match you to a volunteer whose good company and wants to chat.

The Silver Line - 0800 470 8090 - is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Samaritans – 116 123 – offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

Saint Francis Hospice OrangeLine – 01708 758 649 – is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, to help local people make connections, start new friendships or simply provide guidance and information.

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