Registered Charity Number 1146149
Re-engage alleviates loneliness amongst the highest risk group: older people who live alone. There are 3.8 million older people living alone in the UK who are at risk from chronic loneliness. Re-engage brings together people of all ages in local communities or over the phone, providing isolated older people with regular companionship and treasured opportunities to make new friends.
The Covid-19 pandemic has deepened the loneliness crisis. Being lonely means having no one to talk to for days, or even weeks, at a time; putting the TV on to fill the silence; and forgetting what it is like to feel valued and loved. Being part of Re-engage has a significant impact on the happiness and wellbeing of isolated older people. The charity’s 14,000 dedicated volunteers help to give lonely older people something to look forward to and reasons to laugh and smile. In time, friendships flourish and older people surprise themselves by enriching the lives of others.