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Could you help someone who is feeling lonely this winter?

There are almost 48,000 older people living in Plymouth and many live alone with no family or friends nearby. Loneliness and isolation have a devastating impact on older people's health and wellbeing and our appeal is to raise money to provide a series of lunches both in December and throughout January and February to offer lonely people the opportunity to engage socially with others, make new friends and enjoy a meal together.

AGE UK Plymouth is appealing for people in Plymouth who may be able to give up a small amount of their time to help older people connect with others in their own neighbourhoods.

There are many different volunteering opportunities available:

  • Community Companions - to offer one to one befriending.
  • Community Enablers - to help people access activities in their own area.
  • Drivers - to take people to community venues/events.
  • Advisors - to signpost people to support services and activities.
  • Event coordinators - to organise local community events for older people.
  • Fundraisers - to raise funds to support community activities.

Find out more and donate