Do you need to ‘Reach Out’?

On 15 October, the government announced a new strategy on loneliness.

In announcing the strategy, the Prime Minister acknowledged that loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.

  • Three quarters of GPs surveyed, say that they see 1 to 5 people a day who are suffering from loneliness

  • Loneliness has been linked to conditions such as heart disease, strokes and dementia

  • 200,000 older people haven't had a conversation with a friend or relative in the past month

  • The number of over 50s suffering from loneliness is set to reach 2 million by 2025/6. This amounts to a 49% increase in 10 years


Age UK Dorchester runs a ‘Reach Out’ service which provides volunteers for older people who have become lonely and isolated.

This can happen for a variety of reasons including bereavement, ill health and a loss of confidence. ‘Reach Out’ can help you to access social activities or if this is difficult for you, a volunteer could visit you for a cup of tea and a chat.


If you would like to know more about ‘Reach Out’ and how we can help you, or if you would like to volunteer for the service, please contact:


Jules Walker on 07342 883844 or



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