Social Isolation & Loneliness


Why seek help for loneliness


You might be feeling lonely or isolated for many reasons, such as if you live alone or don’t regularly meet with friends and family. If you are concerned about a loved one, or if you yourself are feeling lonely or isolated, please call us on 0333 005 0095 to find out about our FREE Stay In Touch telephone and postal service.

If you suffer from loneliness or isolation, you’re not alone. Around a quarter of UK adults say they often feel lonely and it’s something that can have a huge impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, studies have shown it can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! That’s because it can lead to depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, tiredness and insomnia.

How we can help with loneliness

Our friendly telephone and virtual groups are a great way to meet likeminded people. We have a varied timetable of sessions which take place during week days, as well as evening options too. We also offer free postal services including our weekly puzzle and craft packs, perfect for those who can’t commit to a regular telephone session.

Who can we help?

  • Anyone aged 18 years and over, who lives in Staffordshire, and would like to meet new friends to combat loneliness.

Telephone and Virtual Chat Groups

Our FREE telephone and virtual chat groups are available to all over 18’s living in Staffordshire, and are a great way to connect with others.

All our groups are FREE to call, and you can choose whether to dial in from a landline or mobile telephone, or join our groups via Zoom. On joining, you’ll receive an initial one to one with a member of our friendly team, who’ll have a brief chat with you about your interests and what groups you might like to join. Our group leaders will welcome you into the group each week, and introduce you to the current members. The maximum number in each group is 10 people.

We have a new timetable with all of our activities from book club and history groups, to aerobics and bingo, so you’re sure to find something that interests you!

Our Stay in Touch Programme is expanding!

In addition to the interest groups in the timetable below, we are pleased to be offering our virtual ‘Cuppa and Chat’ sessions hosted by a member of our Everyone Health team who will support small, friendly, group chats covering various topics each week. Creating an opportunity for you to be involved in interactive and informal discussions in a fun relaxed environment, you can talk with like-minded residents who also live in Staffordshire.

The only compulsory recommendation – is a cuppa of your choice!

Online benefits calculator

Staffordshire County Council provide an online benefits checker that enables Staffordshire residents to find out what benefits they may be entitled to. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and all details provided are anonymous.

To find out more about this free and easy to use benefit calculator, please click the link below:

Seek help, and call us today

If you feel loneliness is becoming an issue for you or someone you know, contact us to find out more about our FREE support.

Or call us on 0333 005 0095