Covid-19 has led to an increased sense of disconnection, isolation and loneliness.Through our Love Your Neighbour 121 friendship programme older people (65+) will come together with their younger neighbours (18+) through weekly home visits and/or phone calls to create deep and meaningful friendships
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1153137)
"Thank you for pairing me up with Sarah, because we have had some fun"
"Phoned Jean for our weekly catch up. Listening to her stories, and seeing her strength and resilience really makes the current situation much more bearable. I treasure my time talking to Jean more than ever now."
"It's nice to have her in my life"
We are tackling loneliness and isolation in Camden and Islington. We know that 67% of older people in our network live alone and have very little social contact with others. Covid-19 has further exacerbated this. Many are scared and nervous about what the future holds and the prospect of weeks and months of being alone. Younger people are also at risk. Prior to Covid-19, 16% of 18-24-year-olds said that they had experienced loneliness, with this now rising to 44% since the outbreak.
Your support will enable us to create and sustain 90 face to face and/or phone friendships across north London for as long as Covid-19 continues and in the recovery. Our Love Your Neighbour programme, will bring 45 older and 45 younger people together to share regular one-to-one time. Younger neighbours bring the outside world in through weekly home visits and/or phone calls, older neighbours help their younger friends learn about the neighbourhood they live in; a sense of belonging is created.
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