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Loneliness and isolation

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Loneliness and isolation can affect any one of any age, although it tends to affect older people more, which can have a serious impact on their health and wellbeing. 

People become socially isolated for a variety of reasons, but whatever the cause, it's easy to be left feeling alone and vulnerable.  There are however ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out.

Get involved in local community activities 

Have a look at what’s available in your local community, as there may well be a group or club you'd be interested in joining.  Alternatively, perhaps you'd rather get out and about and visit different places of interest across Herefordshire.  For ideas and inspiration, take a look at our what's on calendar.

Volunteer or learn new skills 

Why not use your skills and experience to give something back to the community by volunteering, even if it's only for a few hours a week?  You might want to consider developing new skills or learning a new hobby by enrolling on a local course.  Our learning, work and volunteering section has a range of useful information and advice for all ages.

Get friendly with computers (they don't bite!)

Learning to use a computer can open up a world of opportunity for you, from keeping in touch with family and friends who live elsewhere to meeting new friends or finding things to do.

If you're not very confident using a computer or your skills are a little basic or rusty, Fastershire offer a range of different training courses across Herefordshire. 

Don't worry if you haven't got access to a computer at home, as Herefordshire libraries offer free computer and internet access at most of their sites.

National support 

There are a number of different organisations across the country, which offer information, advice and support, including befriending services...