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How can churches address social isolation amongst older people?…..

If you are concerned about isolated older people in your community, The Link Visiting Scheme would like to hear from you. The charity, which began as part of a church community project in 1998 near Reading and focuses on befriending older people through regular home visits as well as providing a wide variety of social events and activities. Over 160 ‘Link Friends’ now receive a regular visit from a volunteer within the local area and other projects operating alongside this include Understanding Computers Courses, Bowls Clubs, Pie & Pint groups for older men and singing groups.

The Link Visiting Scheme has now put together a comprehensive package which enables churches and Christian groups in other areas to set up a scheme in their area. Full training, advice and guidance are provided by those involved in running the charity in recent years.

                        If you represent a church or Christian group interested in setting up such an initiative, please see the Link Visiting Scheme website at or contact Jeremy Sharpe on 0300 302 0225/ 07970 100131.

‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.’ Psalm 68:5


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