Re-engage formerly Contact the Elderly - is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. Over the last 20 years, the number of people over 75 who live alone has gone up to 2.2m. All too often, loneliness is the reality for older people and nearly half of older people say the TV is their main source of company.
We exist to provide social activities for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing.
This year, 8,500 older guests were part of over 900 regular social gatherings across the UK, supported by 14,000 volunteers. Studies show that volunteering can improve both your mental and physical health, boost self-esteem and help you become more socially connected.
However, in response to the COVID-19 crisis we suspended these social gatherings and created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions.
As well as making sure that all those already receiving our support get a regular phone call throughout the lockdown, we are offering a call companion to anyone else of this generation who lives alone or in sheltered housing and feels lonely or isolated.
We plan to make call companions a permanent addition to our work and will continue to run this new service alongside our social gatherings when things get back to normal.
We simply couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support of our volunteers across the UK. If you would like to assist us please visit our website for more information.