Lucy Harmer, Director of Services at the charity Independent Age, explains how you can give support…
Keep in touch by phone, email or in person so they know someone is there when they need support. Don’t give up on them if they don’t call or visit you in return. If a person needs time alone, try to respect that.
Take them out
You could volunteer to take the person out, maybe to a café or to visit a friend. But don’t push them into anything, as they might find it daunting at first.
Help them try something new
Joining a group, such as a reading group or dance class, could help them connect with like-minded people. Offer to go with them if they’re nervous about going alone. If they aren't confident using the internet, you could search online for them.
Talk about practical barriers
Lack of transport or money, or being a full-time carer, can stop people getting out. Encourage them to call Independent Age on 0800 319 6789 for help.
Independent Age are looking for people to make regular phone calls to older people. Call 020 7605 4255 or visit independentage.org/volunteer