Linking Lives

Linking Lives is a national charity that was set up to address loneliness and social isolation among older people.  It developed a befriending model which it now uses to support local groups to establish befriending schemes across the UK.  Schemes vary with different models used to engage with older people in differing circumstances.  Some benefit people that are housebound on a one-to-one basis, and others encourage social activities and group events. There are 45 existing partnerships set up now, from inner city to rural areas.

At the Foundation’s February 2024 meeting, Trustees agreed a grant of £10,000 that is to contribute towards core costs, and help expand the befriending schemes.  The charity aims to develop at least five new schemes this year in England, and establish projects too in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Outcomes of the work includes that older people’s mental and physical health will be improved and their feelings of anxiety and depression reduced; they will have a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm to enjoy later life; and that the stigma of loneliness will be removed.