Be a friend
Friends of the Elderly is calling on everyone to Be a Friend and help change the future of loneliness. Loneliness has a devastating impact on the lives of older people and it’s on the rise, which is why we’re urging everyone to connect with older neighbours and members of their community.
Tips and guidance
Spotting the signs of loneliness
Someone who is lonely probably also finds it hard to reach out. This guide will help you be more aware of those who might be lonely.
Five conversation openers
Our surveys show that most people want to engage with their older neighbours but don’t know how, which is why we’ve put together some simple tips to get you started.
Being neighbourly shouldn’t need a risk assessment, but it’s important that we don’t open ourselves up to difficult situations or put an older person at risk.
What does Being a Friend Mean?
If you’re unclear about what it means to Be a Friend, our simple guidelines will help.
Ten ways you can Be a Friend this autumn
There are lots of ways you can Be a Friend – here are ten seasonal ideas to get you started.
If you are concerned about an older neighbour or would like to find out what formal care and support services are available, use this list of useful contacts.
Call us for how you might get involved in our Building Stronger Bridges imitative for Bexhill and Hastings 01424 217259 or go to the Be a friend website at https://www.beafriendtoday.org.uk/