Jeremy Sharpe
A lifeline for the lonely

Linking Lives UK is a national Christian charity working with churches to address loneliness and social isolation across the UK. We do this by setting up befriending projects in local communities, through which volunteers are able to visit older people in their own homes, usually for one hour each week. We currently have 29 such projects operating around the UK from Aberdeen to Guernsey and locations ranging from rural to inner-city urban areas.

Loneliness and social isolation are issues of increasing concern in the UK, and Church Urban Fund have found that almost 70% of Anglican clergy see loneliness as the biggest issue in their communities. Last November the government produced a Loneliness Strategy, and we are working with them, along with other Christian organisations, to discuss the role of churches and faith groups in addressing these issues.

It is against this background that we have recently launched a promotional film outlining our work, and we are looking for partners from churches and Christian organisations who would be interested in working with us to set up a Linking Lives befriending project in their community. The short film can be viewed below or on our website, where further information can be downloaded.

Please pass this information on to any churches, Christian organisations and/or individuals who you think could have an interest in this. We are increasingly finding that many churches would like to increase their engagement with socially isolated people, but do not always have the tools to achieve this, and this is where Linking Lives UK is able to help.

Jeremy Sharpe is National Director of Linking Lives UK.

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