Link Age Southwark is looking for new volunteers to support isolated older people in Southwark. The charity, which has been based in East Dulwich for 24 years, arranges social activities for older people at risk of loneliness – people who live alone without family, who may have been recently bereaved or have mobility issues which prevent them getting out and about.
The charity’s volunteer-led services include social groups, weekly befriending visits and lifts to social engagements. Just an hour a week of volunteering makes a huge difference to the life of an older person, helping them to stay socially active and combatting loneliness. Our volunteers enjoy getting to know older people and learning from their life experiences!
The need for these services is only increasing, as the population ages and the link between loneliness and poor health is better understood. Indeed, research suggests that loneliness can be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
May, 98, who has been using the charity’s services for 13 years, says, “Before I joined Link Age Southwark I was lonely and bored. I’m so grateful to the charity’s volunteers for bringing joy to my life.”
Richard, 53, who visits two older gentlemen weekly, says, “They both appreciate my company and the chance to talk to somebody. They look forward to my visits, and I look forward to them too. I’ve made two new friends.”
Our Facebook page is: https://en-gb.facebook.com/linkagesouthwark/
Our twitter handle is: @LASwark