Reducing isolation and loneliness by developing positive relationships and networks in the community.

What does Engage do?

Engage works to alleviate loneliness and social isolation by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to befriend isolated people in their community.

Engage currently runs two Programmes:

Engage Befriending– Enabling older people to overcome barriers to social connections through the support of a volunteer befriender.
Engage Wellbeing– Enabling adults to make positive choices to maintain or improve emotional and mental wellbeing through the support of a volunteer befriender.

The Importance of Befriending

According to research by the Campaign to End Loneliness

“17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month.”

In turn, this can then impact upon people’s well-being and their physical health.


The Mustard Tree
90 London Street


0118 995 2102