For some years, we have been in touch with local charity Together Co, who tackle lonliness and isolation of elderly people in Brighton, though a volunteer befriending scheme. We gave them some much needed funding during the Pandemic, and this year we have helped with transport costs for their local befriending groups. This has meant that many isolated and lonely people have been included, who otherwise would not have had the chance to attend these lovely social events and regular groups.
‘It’s a chance to meet people as I have no friends or family. Chatting and listening to others and finding friendship.’
‘To meet others who want to engage with and talk about things that they do and realise that you’re not the only person who wants to engage with others.