Re-engage tackles loneliness for the oldest old, aged 75 to over 100. Working across the UK, we help lonely and isolated older people to find companionship. We bring together people from local communities to help create real friendships and give people a feeling of belonging.
There are an estimated 2.2 million lonely older people in the UK. Loneliness has been recognised by the Government and NHS as a pressing social issue. It can have adverse effects on mental and physical health; linked by numerous studies to depression, clinical dementia and heart disease - as detrimental to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. At Re-engage, we are determined to reach as many lonely older people as we can to tackle loneliness.
We believe that the best way to end loneliness is through face-to-face contact and long-term friendships. We run over 900 regular, free social gatherings across the UK with the help of 12,000 volunteers. Our gatherings provide valuable opportunities for older isolated people to get out of the house and make new friends. Time in a Re-engage group can have a powerful impact on feelings of well-being and happiness. 90% of our older guests say they have made friends through our groups.