Gentle activity groups: it’s nice exercise and a bit of fun
Annette tells us about the benefits she gets from the gentle activity group she attends.
“It’s very hard to make friends when you’re on your own. You’re not quite sure who to trust. So going to the activity group is hugely important to me. Just meeting people has a positive impact.”
Where do they all come from?
As Meryl Davies, CEO of Re-engage, prepares to step down, she reflects on how the stigma of loneliness has reduced in recent years and how poignantly, that has led to an increase in the number of people who are likely to say they are lonely. Never has the work of Re-engage been more important. The charity has an impact on people every day, making sure that they are able to find each other and find common ground and the joy of connection.
By Meryl Davies
How social contact helps wellbeing
Guest contributor, Claudia Carvell, Home Manger at The Lindsay Bupa Care home discusses the importance of social contact for wellbeing.
By guest contributor
Digital customer services risks increasing loneliness in older people
There has been much in the news about services moving online and the difficulties that causes people who do not have easy access to the internet. Here, we take a look at how that can lead to an increase in loneliness, particularly for isolated older people, and how some companies are seeing a commercial benefit in retaining the human touch.
By Meryl Davies
They made me feel I was still involved with the world
Maureen got great pleasure from the Stockton tea party group: “They made me feel I was still involved with the world. I just can’t speak too highly of them.”
A special gift
Each year, Re-engage receives a number of gifts that are extremely special to us. These are gifts left by people in their wills who wish to leave a legacy of friendship to others.
One such gift was left to us recently by David.