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.”

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.”

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Over 80,000 people in Essex are thought to feel lonely. With around 3.9 million people confirming that television is their main company in later years, our popular friendship services provide the needed two-person or group conversation that is often lost in later years. 

But it’s not only people in later years who feel lonely. 

Loneliness can also happen when you feel misunderstood, or singled out by unordinary life events, a health condition, or other unique circumstances.

Our community and friendship services provide helpful support to anyone who is aged over 18 and living in Essex.  

We offer both volunteer friendship 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 and start living happier and healthier.

Befriending

Our Befriending service offers a matched friendship between a client and a trained unpaid volunteer. We can help to facilitate one to one, telephone sessions, and trips out.

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 live happier and healthier.