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#50,000 reasons

There are 50,000 people over the age of 65 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be at risk of loneliness. Many older people can go a month or more without talking to a friend, family member or neighbour and this year the pandemic will have made loneliness even worse for many.

Together we can help end loneliness. It doesn't take a big commitment, or a lot of time. 

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Small things you can do to help

Older people in Cambridgeshire have told us that a smile, wave, or hello from another person, can make all the difference. It only takes a few seconds to help someone feel less isolated and as long as social distancing guidelines are followed it is still possible to make a difference

  • Start with a ‘hello’, a wave  or even strike up a socially distant conversation. 
  • Send a Christmas card to the older people in your street. You could include an offer of help, should they need it.
  • Reassure older neighbours by getting another neighbour to introduce you. 
  • Take 10 minutes each week to phone a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Write a letter to someone who has made a difference to your life.
  • Encourage children to greet older neighbours at a social distance.

Help if you are lonely

In Cambridgeshire (but not Peterborough), contact:

Care Network
Tel: 01954 211919

In Peterborough, contact:

Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service
Tel: 01733 342683


Good Mood Cafes take place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. They are two-hour informal ‘get togethers’ designed to connect individuals to other like-minded people within their communities; offer wellbeing support and share interests and skills.

Visit our webpage on how you can beat loneliness.


Call 0808 808 2121 seven days a week 11am-11pm for listening support and information for someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress.