Coping with loneliness
Loneliness is often caused by changes outside of our control.
It can be incredibly hard to admit that you are feeling lonely. However, loneliness is often caused by changes outside of our control, for example the onset of poor health or bereavement. It is important to recognise that feeling lonely is not your fault and that there are people who are ready to talk and offer support to you.
Who to talk to about how you’re feeling
You might want to talk to someone about how you feel, or just to get some advice on what you can do locally to meet people. Below are some organisations that may be able to provide help and support.
Your GP - They may recommend medication or counselling that can help.
Buckinghamshire Mind– a mental health charity but they can also offer advice and information on loneliness.
Taking up an activity or hobby
Joining social or educational groups is a great way of meeting people and feeling more involved locally. This could be for something you’re already interested in or something entirely new.
Prevention Matters can help you find activities you’ll enjoy in your local area. You can contact Prevention Matters by:
Answer a few questions and we'll suggest recommendations for activities or services in your area
Volunteering can be a great way to meet new friends whilst also helping people in your community. can help you find volunteering roles suitable for you.
Age UK– Age UK provide a befriending service in Buckinghamshire called Befriending Plus. The service may include regular home visits to provide social interaction as well as practical assistance, such as help with transport for doctor, dentist and hospital appointments, collection of prescriptions and pensions, shopping trips and social outings.
Royal Voluntary Service- When friends and family live too far away to make regular contact, the Royal Voluntary Service can provide a little bit of company and friendly social contact at home through their befriending services.
Independent Age – Offer a range of free services to reduce isolation among older people. You can join a free TalkTime phone club or have a Volunteer Visitor to visit you. All activities are provided by their network of trained volunteers and are available across the UK
The internet provides many ways of staying in touch and interacting with others.
Social networks like Facebook provide easy access to friends and family, as well as special interest groups covering movies, books, sport and more.
You can also look up local groups and clubs on Google or on local directories, for example on this site in our online marketplace and directory.
With a webcam, Skype can be used for free video chat which is great for staying in touch with friends and family that live far away. Skype is a free phone and video messaging service you can use on a computer.
Be wary of giving out any personal details to people you don't know, and if you arrange to meet, be sure to do so in a public place.
To build confidence using a computer, Age UK can provide computer training courses. You can search for courses near you here