Having a social network that meets our needs means different things to each of us. We need social connection to thrive—no matter our age—but recent research shows that the negative health consequences of chronic isolation and loneliness may be especially harmful for older adults.
The good news is that with greater awareness, we can take steps to maintain and strengthen our ties to family and friends, expand our social circles and become more involved in the community around us.
TLC aims to tackle common factors to loneliness and isolation such as living alone, learning disabilities, mobility issues, psychological challenges, rural neighbourhoods, social support issues and those with major life transitions by connecting with older adults in the community on a regular basis – even through these unprecedented times.
It is important to remember that even those individuals with families and friends can often find it difficult to be honest and open about how their feeling due to pride or anxiety, and that speaking to someone outside of their normal network can make a genuine impact on wellbeing.
It is publicly known that many people are struggling with mental health due to lockdown measures, and in particular those most at risk of loneliness through isolation. Mentoring and befriending is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship where you volunteer your time to support and encourage someone, at their most difficult times, or to offer support with basic life skills and activities.
We are looking to take on volunteers of all ages and capabilities to support us, support vulnerable individuals and support the local community.
When volunteering with us, you will study and work towards your own qualification in Mental Health Peer Mentoring, a lifelong qualification that will enable you to continue your dedication and support to the most vulnerable individuals now and in the future.
If you are interested in volunteering or have someone you would like to receive the support we are able to provide please contact: Gemma.firstname.lastname@example.org / 07961841271