Age UK Northumberland

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No one should have nobody, and that’s why we need your help to keep our ever-expanding Befriending Services going. We have seen unprecedented demand for our Friendship Calls and groups since the start of the pandemic; for many this weekly call or event is their only connection with the outside world

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1072394)

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


  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


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We have seen a steep rise in demand for our befriending services due to the lockdown of our older generation, however, as the majority of us slowly start to piece together the jigsaw of our lives, demand for our friendship services are continuing to increase. For some, our weekly call is their only contact with the outside world; and their loneliness and lack of confidence has been compounded by physical deconditioning, anxiety and loss of cognitive function. We have a whole new pandemic on our


We want to bolster our Befriending Services in order that we can offer more friendship calls, but we don’t want to stop there. Through our friendship calls we want to introduce our ’friends’ to other services that may help them to return to a ‘new normal’ such as reconditioning classes, information, advice and welfare benefits support, bereavement counselling and advocacy support with the aim of bringing are friends and befrienders together to socialise together at our hobby, exercise and social

  • "I look forward to your calls, you're the only person I've spoken to in days"

    — Eileen

  • Diane has really appreciated the calls and having a friend in Joe. She looks forward to his calls every week and it is making the world of difference to her life.

    — Diane

  • "You are a ray of Sunshine in my day. Knowing I have you to talk to once a week keeps me connected to the outside world”.

    — Annon