Linking Lives UK

RCN 1170325, Walsall

Linking Lives UK is a national charity working to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst older people. We achieve this through the development of befriending schemes and social events and activities which are set up in partnership with local churches and other agencies.

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Total raised so far £12,554

Gift Aid + est. £784.75


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Linking Lives UK exists to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the UK, particularly among older people. This is achieved by working with churches and Christian organisations to set up befriending schemes in local communities. Each scheme arranges for volunteers to visit or telephone those needing extra company and support on a weekly basis. 

Benefits of befriending

This regular interaction providing 'quality time' leads to improved wellbeing, self-confidence and mood. Also, many volunteers benefit from involvement in local schemes as they discover often fascinating life stories and experiences from past generations. Recent examples of this mutual benefit include:

“You learn so much from each other.  It enriches my life tremendously.” 

“I have found a new friend”

“We both look forward to that phone call as we are able to talk about a wide range of topics”.

The loneliness epidemic

 In 2021, a national report found that 79% of church leaders felt that loneliness was impacting local people 'much more' as a result of the pandemic - the most significant concern. 

Over recent years, loneliness has become an increasing concern among health professional, government bodies and wider society. This is highlighted by recent statistics:

  • The number of over-50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/6.  – a 49% increase in 10 years (Age UK 2018, 'All The Lonely People')
  • Half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all (Age UK 2016, 'No-one should have no one')

We are determined to do all that we can to address these challenges that exist for so many people and believe that our model provides a crucial opportunity to achieve this on a local level.

Our role

As a national charity, our role is to build partnerships with local churches and Christian organisations exploring ways to address loneliness in their community. We provide the necessary training, documents, support and advice required to establish a well-run and effective befriending scheme as well as ongoing support and guidance to improve quality standards. In essence, we provide the toolkit required and our local partners provide volunteers and raise funds for their local work. 

Supporting our work

Donations both large and small will have a significant impact on the lives of those for whom loneliness and social social isolation are a daily reality. Funds will contribute towards the costs of training coordinators and volunteers in their key roles to ensure safety and clarity of roles for all involved. We also develop regional support networks which enable us to provide effective support on a local level. All donations contribute towards our efforts to reach and support socially isolated older people across the UK. 


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Jeremy Sharpe posted an update on 17th March 2022

We have hit 25 pledges!!

Thank you so much to all who have pledged so far. We have now reached the necessary 25 individual pledgers  which means that all future donations are guaranteed to be matched 'pound for pound' up to a maximum of £10,000 in total * This means that if we raise enough funds, we could reach up to £20,000 with the added donations from the National Emergencies Trust.

Please do pass on details of this appeal to friends and family who are interested in supporting a charity addressing loneliness and social isolation at this key time. 

THANK YOU! 

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* Subject to ongoing matched funds being available from the National Emergencies Trust.


Jeremy Sharpe posted an update on 25th April 2022

We're almost at £5,000!!

Thank you so much to those who have contributed so generously to our appeal so far. We have now raised £4,318 (plus gift aid) so we have almost reached the milestone of £5,000! This money will contribute towards our being in a position to help establish three befriending schemes in areas most in need of such a project. Each new scheme impacts many older people struggling with loneliness and social isolation. The following feedback from 'Rosie' demonstrates the impact that a simple phone call can make:

"I'm here on my own and my back aches, then you ring me and we start talking and suddenly my back doesn't hurt any more".

Thank you once again for your support.

Extra funding
The National Emergencies Trust donated to this cause

The National Emergencies Trust has provided £2,814 of match funding

The National Emergencies Trust's Local Action Fund is helping voluntary and community organisations overcome the effects of the pandemic.

Nectar Donate donated to this cause

Nectar Donate has provided £22 of funding

This project received funding through the Nectar donate programme, turning points into positivity.

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