Support in Worcestershire
People Like Us (PLUS)
People Like Us (PLUS) is a service that works across Worcestershire to support adults of all ages who are experiencing loneliness or isolation. PLUS enables individuals to connect with others and supports them to become more active and engaged in their communities. The service is delivered by ONSIDE with their two delivery partners Worcester Community Trust and Simply Limitless.
- website: People like Us (opens in a new window)
- telephone: 01905 27525 or 0748 5312463
Here2Help provides support for people of all ages and is available for residents to access information, advice, tools, guidance and local support to them or others in the local community based on their needs.
Worcestershire Healthy Minds
Worcestershire Healthy Minds supports people experiencing more common mental health problems, such as worry, low mood and depression which can affect all of us at some time. You can contact the service yourself directly and talk to our team about how you’re feeling, and they can help you access help and advice. Healthy Minds runs online courses, group sessions and more traditional talking therapy and they can also help you access a wider range of support available in your local community.
- website: Healthy Minds (opens in a new window)
- telephone: 0300 013 57 27
Some of these organisations may be able to help you deal with your feelings of loneliness or make new connections.
Befriending, companion services, places to meet people, opportunities for volunteering
- Befriending Network (opens in a new window)
- British Red Cross – Get help with loneliness (opens in a new window)
- Chatty Café Scheme (opens in a new window) is where cafés and other venues who have signed up to the scheme have a Chatter & Natter table which is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers
- Independent age (opens in a new window) also produced a helpful free guide: If you’re feeling lonely (Independent age, opens in a new window)
- Ramblers Association (opens in a new window) has information on the local walking groups
- Re-engage (opens in a new window) offer a call companion service for older people who live alone and feel they would enjoy a friendly phone call every week or two
- Royal Voluntary Service (opens in a new window) provide practical help and companionship
- Volunteering Matters (opens in a new window) information on how to find volunteering opportunities
- Worcestershire Health Walks - local short group walks led by a trained volunteer walk leader for people with a low level of activity or a long-term health condition. Our health walks are free, accessible, sociable and welcoming to all.
Support and information for older people
- Age UK (opens in a new window) provide support and advice for older people
- Friends of the Elderly (opens in a new window) offer for year-round support
- The Silver Line (opens in a new window) offer free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year
- University of the Third Age (opens in a new window) operates in many areas, offering older people the chance to learn or do something new
Support and advice for people with deaf blindness
When life is difficult
- Samaritans (opens in a new window) are available – day or night, 365 days a year