"Befriending schemes are hugely important to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people. Befriending services, usually undertaken by volunteers, have the aim of alleviating social isolation, as well as preventing or reducing loneliness and depression". - Older People's Commissioner for Wales.
This page contain's people stories. Individual's who spoke to us have told us their lived experience of loneliness and isolation at some point in their lives. There are also short films from others with an interest in this growing issue. Please click on the photographs below to listen to what they have said, to find out what their views are on the benefits of befriending, and what we may need to do as society to reconnect people with their communities.
Sarah Rochira - "The reality for our older people across Wales is that time is their enemy too, but for different reasons, not because there isn't enough but because there almost seems to be too much of it." - Older People's Commissioner
Caroline Bovey - "There is a lot of discontent a lot of prejudice a lot of bias and a lot of bigotry still very much present in British Society. This can lead people to become socially isolated." - Chair, ABUHB LGBT Committee