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Community and friendship

“Speaking to other people in the same situation has helped me incredibly. I now enjoy coming to the group and supporting others.”

Over 80,000 people in Essex are thought to feel lonely. 

Loneliness can effect us all at difference stages of life. People can feel lonely for many different reasons. Isolation, bereavement, difficulties in establishing friendships and access to social opportunities are all known to be factors increasing loneliness.

Our community and friendship services provide companionship and social opportunities to anyone who is feeling lonely, aged over 18 and living in Essex and aged over 60 living in Thurrock.

We offer volunteer friendship, peer introductions and local community groups and activities.

Find groups and events

We run and find suitable groups and activities across Essex to help you connect with others. Take part in activities such as dancing, arts and crafts, light sports or knitting with like-minded individuals.


Our community and friendship service offers a variety of companionship opportunities; from volunteer befriender visits in your home, weekly telephone calls, community companions and small volunteer hosted, peer connection groups.

Become a Volunteer

Make a difference to people in their later years by becoming a Volunteer. We offer a variety of positions and a supportive team.

We can make a real difference to you or someone you know.

We are here for people in later years. We empower you to age well.