The Mind Infoline offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.
We help people to maintain and create personal connections in their later life. We draw on research and inspiration from across the country to offer information and ideas to both individuals and those working with older people. We deliver projects and campaigns with a range of other organisations. Together, we aim to end loneliness in older age.
Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meet up make sit easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Where lonely people make friends. Be lonely no more.
Girlfriend Social is website that connects women with new female friendships. This website is for Ladies only, who just like you, are looking to make platonic women friendships. Inside women can make new friends with fabulous ladies in a safe and friendly environment. It doesn't matter if you're single or married, 20 or 60. All women who are looking for friendships are welcome here. Girlfriend Social is totally free! No fees, no costs, EVER! Just sign up, find female friends and be a part of the Girlfriend club that everyone is talking about
Community Network is a charity and social enterprise combating social isolation and loneliness and their devastating effects on health and well-being. We do this by bringing people together on the phone to form Telephone Communities. Our Telephone Communities give people the chance to socialise, share experiences and support each other. And, because ‘meetings’ take place on the phone, they are easy to use and access – even for people who have mobility problems or a disability. Telephone Community groups are great fun for anyone who wants to talk to other people. More importantly, they can make a real difference to people who are lonely or socially isolated. We involve and train volunteers to run our groups, as well as facilitating groups commissioned by other organisations, such as health charities.
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.
MumsMeetUp provides a quick and simple way for Mums to find and meet other Mums in any local area with children of similar age or circumstances(such as young mums, working mums, single-parent mums, mum’s with special needs children, ex-pat Mums) and are pleased to announce that we now have areas of our site dedicated to dads & dads to be so that they too can find others in their area, meet up or chat in their own dads forum - so please tell your partners to give us a go & feedback would be appreciated - so come onDads!!
A unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth of information on both a national and local level. Once registered, you can access details for all kinds of local resources, from child-friendly cafes to childminders, places to go etc.
The Way Foundation
WAY is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through. WAY aims to provide peer-to-peer emotional and practical support to young widowed men and women – married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation – as they adjust to life after the death of their partner.
National Council for the Divorced and Separated (Phoenix)
NCDSPhoenix provides a safe environment for you to go out and socialise with others in a similar position as yourself and help you to make new friends. We know how difficult it is to go out and meet new people; it is not easy starting again after a divorce, a split or your partner passing away. It may have been years since you went out alone and you are not looking for a relationship, but it may look like you are and you don't know anyone else who is single. It can be just as difficult to go out and meet new people for men as well as women and we understand this. If you would like to come to one of our branches but do not want to attend alone, bring a friend or contact us and we can arrange for one of our committee members from the branch to meet you outside the venue.
We believe that age needs respect. It needs kindness. Sometimes it needs help. Because there is strength in numbers, Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK – so that we can be here for everyone in later life. Age UK aims to improve later life for everyone through our information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training, and research.
Independent Age (Advice and Support for Older Age)
Founded 150 years ago, we are an established voice for older people, providing the ‘ABC’ of advice, befriending and campaigning. Our free advice service offers unrivaled expertise on social care and welfare benefits, and particularly on complex issues such as social care funding. Our range of detailed and in-depth guides and factsheets provide information on the most common issues faced by older people, their families, and carers. Our Wise Guides provide practical, accessible advice and information for the over-65s on finances, staying independent and getting the most out of later life and our befriending and practical support services provide crucial companionship, comfort, and security for as long as it's needed - if necessary, for life.
Royal Voluntary Service is a volunteer organisation that enriches the lives of older people and their families across Britain. We support older people by giving time and practical help to help them get the best from life. Our volunteers – ordinary men and women of all ages and ethnicities – love spending time with older people. Through them, we want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age. We believe old age should be celebrated, and so we should: we’re 75 years old this year and still going strong. So, find out today what we can do for you or an older person in your family.
Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. We aim to do this by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people (aged 75+) who live alone, and volunteers within their local community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship. Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older members who have little or no contact with any family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.
Whatever you're going through, we're here to help 24 hours a day. We won't judge you and we won't share what you tell us with anyone else. Get in touch by telephone, email, letter, and face to face in the UK and Ireland. Visit befrienders.org if you live outside the UK or Ireland.