Re-Engage Ltd

Ending Loneliness for Older People Across the UK

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.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1146149)

open_in_new https://www.reengage.org.uk/
Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£45,000

Amount raised

£46,237

Donations

132

Championed by The Medlock Charitable Trust

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

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.

Solution

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.

  • “I love my home very much, but it does become like a prison. Going to the groups has been the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. When you’re left alone as I am and many others are, it can be so damaging, but the people who’ve hosted me have been truly out of this world.”

    — Ina, Older Guest

  • “Loneliness is a terrible thing. Now that I have something to look forward to every month, I am not nearly so lonely. I really enjoy the gatherings. It’s so nice to feel that someone is bothering about me... What I really love is the company and being made to feel special."

    — Dougie, Older Guest