According to recent statistics, around 5 percent of the adults around Colchester have declared themselves as often being lonely. This is an increasing problem for those in all age groups. Many of the causes of loneliness and isolation are often complex but here are a few of the most common ones many of those later in years tend to encounter.
- Moving to a different area
- Death of a spouse, friend of family member
- Ill health
- Restrictions in transport
- Depression and mental health
However there is some good news: Regular contact with others and friendships does make life feel less troublesome for those who are perhaps experiencing big changes later in their life. Others may encounter challenging situations and struggle to face them alone. Our Befriending service is one way Age Concern Colchester feels that new friendships can develop over time to alleviate loneliness and isolation. Volunteering to be a Befriender has been described as such a positive experience: making a new friend and reaching out to someone struggling to cope alone. How about you? If you are interested in joining our team of befrienders, do get in touch: https://www.ageconcerncolchester.org.uk/our-services/health-and-wellbeing-2/befriending-and-friendship/