Coping with loneliness and isolation

For those living alone sometimes loneliness and isolation can become unbearable and have an impact on their mental and physical health.
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Information on loneliness and isolation along with links to organisations and groups who can provide support can all be found on this page:  

West Sussex Dementia Support

West Sussex has recognised the ageing population and increasing cases of dementia, and the need to increase service provision to assist those living with dementia and their carers. See West Sussex Dementia Support for more information about the services and support available. 

Age UK 

For the elderly in particular, loneliness can have a big impact on their lives but there is an array of support available from Age UK, including their befriending service. 

Age UK Winter Warmer Campaign

As we enter a period of increased Covid-19 restrictions, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove partnering with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) have received funding to deliver nutritious home-cooked meals, wellbeing and energy advice to over 50’s across West Sussex. The Winter Warmer campaign runs from now, until the end of March 2021.

For a suggested donation of just £2, they can deliver delicious frozen meals and desserts direct to your door by a friendly volunteer, along with energy checks, information and advice on how to keep well and warm this winter.

Please call on 01903  731 800 if you, or someone you know might be interested in finding out more about our Winter Warmer campaign, or any of our services. Alternatively email info@ageukwsbh.org.uk

They can deliver up to 2 – 3 times each week, if freezer space is an issue. Menus change regularly. Please contact to discuss any specific needs or dietary requirements.

Bereavement Support 

Sussex Bereavement Support Helpline is 0300 111 2141. You can found useful information in the Sussex Bereavement Support Guide

Covid-19 and Loneliness and Social Isolation 

If you are self-isolating and need some extra help and support you can call the West Sussex County Council Coronavirus Hub Helpline: 033 022 27980

Dementia Friends 

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help. Visit the Dementia Friends website. 

West Sussex County Council 

The council runs the Connect to Support website which includes advice, information and details of community groups which can offer support to combat loneliness.  

Mind 

Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind has practical tips to help you manage feelings of loneliness, and information about other places you can go for support. Visit the West Sussex MIND website. 

Silverline 

The Silver Line offers older people support with loneliness including a 24-hour telephone helpline which is available 365 days a year on 0800 4 70 80 90 and a befriending service to combat loneliness. Visit the Silver Line website. 

The Samaritans 

The Samaritans provide a free listening service, with no judgement, no pressure, and will help you work through what’s on your mind. Go to the  Samaritans website to find out more about how they can help. You can call them free on 116 123. 

The Way Foundation (Widowed And Young) 

The Way Foundation is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under who have lost their partner. Way offer a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who’s lost a partner before their 51st birthday - married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation. Visit the Way Foundation website to find out more. 

Wavelength 

Wavelength gives media technology to lonely people living in poverty. For people who are lonely, a simple radio or television can feel like a lifeline. Visit the Wavelength website to find out how you can apply for help. 

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