There are 50,000 people over the age of 65 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be at risk of loneliness. Many older people can go a month or more without talking to a friend, family member or neighbour, and this year the pandemic will have made loneliness even worse for many.
Together we can help end loneliness. It doesn't take a big commitment, or a lot of time.
Watch the #HaveAChat campaign video below and help tackle loneliness.
Small things you can do to help
Older people in Cambridgeshire have told us that a smile, wave, or hello from another person can make all the difference. It only takes a few seconds to help someone feel less isolated and as long as social distancing guidelines are followed it’s still possible to make a difference.
- Start with a 'hello', a wave or even strike up a socially distanced conversation.
- Send a Christmas card to the older people in your street. You could include an offer of help, should they need it.
- Reassure older neighbours by getting another neighbour to introduce you.
- Take 10 minutes each week to phone a friend or family member you haven't spoken to in a while.
- Write a letter to someone who has made a difference to your life.
- Encourage children to greet older neighbours, at a social distance.
Help if you are lonely
In Peterborough, contact the Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service on 01733 342 683.
In Cambridgeshire, contact Care Network on 01954 211 919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifeline: Call 0808 808 2121 seven days a week 11am-11pm for listening support and information for someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress.