of older people agree joining Re-engage has had a positive impact on their life
of older people agree that they are treated with respect and as equals by Re-engage volunteers and staff
of older people have made friends as a result of Re-engage
Impact of tea parties
Monthly tea parties provide an opportunity to connect with other people in your community, to make friends and improve wellbeing.
of guests have made friends through the tea parties
feel happier as a result of attending tea parties
feel part of the community because of the tea parties
“I am really grateful to be a part of Re-engage. I really look forward to the tea parties and have made some lovely friends.”
Impact of call companions
For isolated older people, regular befriending phone calls improve wellbeing, support good mental health and build confidence.
of older people feel happier as a result of their calls
feel more confident because of the calls
say their wellbeing or mental health has improved as a result of their calls
“The person who rings me every Friday for an hour or so in her VERY busy day, without fail, is absolutely lovely, and just chatting to her always lifts me up for the day - and believe me, that's no small achievement. I adore her.”
Impact of activity groups
Regular physical activity in the company of other people improves physical health and wellbeing and provides an opportunity to make friends.
of participants say their wellbeing has improved because of the activity groups
have made friends through the groups
are more physically active as a result of attending the groups
“It has helped my mobility and flexibility doing the online chair yoga.”
“I really look forward to the lunch club, I have made friends and we have a laugh.”
Our impact on loneliness
Between April 2022 and March 2023, we have seen a significant reduction in feelings of loneliness amongst older people accessing our services. The number of older people who ‘often or always’ feel lonely is 67% lower than when they joined Re-engage and the number who ‘often’ feel they lack companionship has fallen by 70% (based on the ONS single-item measure of loneliness and the UCLA loneliness scale).
decrease in the number of older people who often feel lonely
decrease in the number of older people who often feel they lack companionship
decrease in the number of older people who often feel isolated from others
decrease in the number of older people who often feel left out
64% of people have more social contact with others
Impact on wellbeing and relationships
We have also seen significant improvements in people’s general wellbeing since joining Re-engage and an increase in their social contact with other people. Of the older people who have joined Re-engage, we have seen a:
increase in the number of older people feeling high/very high levels of happiness
increase in the number of older people reporting high/very high levels of life satisfaction
“So very grateful for this service. Once you reach your 80s you could become very isolated. This service not only keeps you active but provides friendship, activity, help etc. Well done Re-engage - my heartfelt gratitude."