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Could you be a Good Friend to an older person?

Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 7:09 am | Category: Coronavirus Campaigns Older people are facing "an epidemic of loneliness" in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, could you be a Good Friend to an isolated older person?

A new survey carried out by Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington shows that 95 per cent of those who responded have felt lonely during the lockdown.

The survey showed that 70 per cent of older people had felt lonely at least some of the time, and 25 per cent said they felt lonely all of the time – an increase of ten per cent on pre-lockdown figures.

With our waiting lists for people seeking someone to talk to expanding daily, we're today launching a 'Good Friends' campaign to attract more volunteers to help combat an “epidemic of loneliness."

John Wilkinson is an 89 year old veteran who lives in Catterick who's been recieving support from Maggie Cox, listen to how his life's been changed by his Good Friend in this short video.

Can you give a little bit of time to help us make a big difference to someone's life?

Sign up to be a Good Friend here or call or email Lynn Walton on 01325 362832


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