Good Neighbours

There are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK.

A study by The Co-op and the British Red Cross reveals over 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely.

Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health and communities. Research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%. Loneliness puts individuals at greater risk of depression, cognitive decline and dementia

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Winter and the festive season can be a particularly painful time for people who experience loneliness throughout the year.

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can help you to build a sense of belonging and give you an opportunity to share positive experiences.  By speaking to your neighbours or checking on neighbours wellbeing you can make a real positive impact.

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships:

  • Chatting over the fence or in your communal areas
  • Joining someone for a trip to a cafe or local community event
  • Asking your neighbour how they are
  • Checking on neighbours who you have not seen for a while
  • Spending time with neighbours who need support or company
  • Organising a get together

If you would like to hold a social event at your scheme or in your community then please contact the Accord Engagement Team on 07702554437 or email

We can help you set up social events, supply games and equipment and help you promote your event.

Some helpful links:-

Call The Silver Line for information, advice or just for a chat, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week 0800 470 80 90

Visit Friends of the Elderly for year round support or call 0330 332 1110.

Age UK, support and advice for older people, advice line: 0800 169 6565

When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them free on 116 123 or email them at

If you are younger and feeling lonely, you can call SupportLine on 01708 765 200, or the Calm Zone, which is a helpline offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis, 0800 585858. If you are under 25, you can also call Get Connected on 0808 808 4994