Loneliness can affect anyone at any time. It has a massive impact on wellbeing and can be a serious life-threatening condition with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
A local councillor decided to tackle the issue head-on with help from the Tomorrow’s Older People team by setting up a letter exchange project. Penfriend-ER connects the community with local children through regular letters.
Similar schemes across the UK have proved to be very successful in helping lonely people reconnect with their community and provided an opportunity to share skills and experiences across the generations.
Interested? Email PenfriendER and let's connect our communities across the generations.