Love Your Neighbour is a one to one friendship programme, enabling younger people in south London to form a connection with an older neighbour. Through weekly face-to-face visits and/or phone calls, friends share regular time together, reducing isolation and loneliness across Southwark and Lambeth.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1157401)
"It’s something to look forward to. When I don’t get out, all I do is watch telly or sit out in my garden. It really is nice. At Christmas, she took me to a pub and we had a meal. That’s the first time I’ve had a drink in the pub for about four years."
“Then this came around at just the right time. It changed my outlook. I thought youngsters all disliked older people and you've opened my eyes up. It's nice to chat with a friendly face or get a call from a younger person who’s taken an interest in me.”
"I’ve learnt so much about how Peckham has changed. I’ve only lived here for a year and a bit. She describes it in a way that’s different to how other people talk about it. It makes me feel more connected."
We are tackling loneliness and isolation within south London. We know that 67% of the older neighbours we work with live alone and have little or no form of social interaction. Since having to self-isolate or shield, the risk of isolation has increased dramatically, with many older people no longer able to access services and support. Younger people are also at risk. Before lockdown, 16% of young people aged 18-24 said they had felt loneliness, but this has risen to over 44% since Covid-19.
Your support will enable us to sustain over 80 current friendships and help to connect more friends across south London, reducing loneliness and isolation in south London, for as long as Covid-19 continues and its recovery. These friendships will create long-lasting, strong connections between two generations, and provide comfort and support for those who are most at risk of social isolation, helping everyone to feel valued, vibrant and visible in our community.
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