Reducing loneliness and isolation

Reducing loneliness and isolation

We’ve been supporting the development of a befriending services pilot project, in Brighton and Hove.

Befriending services offers the opportunity for people who might be lonely or isolated to make friends and to receive support.

Loneliness and social isolation is harmful to people’s health – not having a social network can be as damaging to someone’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Lonely people are also more likely to see their GP and to access services.

Social networks and friendships help people to reduce the risk of developing certain illnesses, and also help people to recover better if they do fall ill.

A coalition of local befriending services have been working together over the past couple of years, to expand their services across the city, particularly in some under-serviced neighbourhoods, and to launch a single contact point for befriending services in Brighton and Hove.

Our recent evaluation showed that befriending services have made a cost saving of £15,712 per person, per year.

Read more about the benefits of befriending services in Brighton and Hove, and the pilot project in our interim report.

To find out more about this pilot project, the evaluation or our role in this work, get in touch with our Project Leader, Kaye Duerdoth, on kaye@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023

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