Connect with others
Loneliness, while something we associate with older people, can affect anyone of any age.
Feeling alone and lacking social connection and friendship can have a huge impact on someone's physical health and mental wellbeing.
Becoming part of social group or network, keeping in contact with friends, family and neighbours and volunteering can all help to reduce the impact of social isolation.
Support for older people
Neighbourhood Network Schemes are voluntary sector organisations that provide a range of services, activities and opportunities promoting the independence, health and wellbeing of older people throughout Leeds
Time to Shine Leeds runs a range of projects connecting older people in Leeds.
Campaign to End Loneliness - a network of national, regional and local organisations working to tackle the health threat of loneliness in older age.
The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline for older people, open 24 hours a day. Call Silver Line for information, friendship and advice at any time of the day or night. Tel 0800 4 70 80 90 (freephone).
Sikh Elders Service is run by Touchstone for Sikh men and women aged 55+ who live in Leeds. The aim is to improve the health and well-being of older Sikh people, by supporting them to live independently and live fulfilling lives. The Service includes one-to-one support and group activities, information, practical support and befriending. You can refer yourself or be referred to this service. Contact them by phone 0113 216 3143 (Punjabi line) or see their website for details.
Making a Match is a community project that helps people to find and make new friends and get out more. It is for people aged 50 years or over who live in LS16 or LS17 and who can get out and about on their own. You can be matched with people who have similar interests to your own and there may even be opportunities for like-minded people to meet up for group activities such as shared meals and entertainment. You can refer yourself to the project or be referred by family members or professionals. Contact either Lisa Wilson by phone 0798 614 258 or ermail email@example.com, or Janet Onslow by phone 07498 614 227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see their website.
Groups and services for people of all ages
#runandtalk is a social running group for anyone who wants to improve their mental wellbeing through running. Joining the group would also be helpful for people with mild to moderate anxiety or depression. The group is supported by a local running club, Hyde Park Harriers, and has seven mental health ambassadors with lived experience of mental health issues and conditions, who can provide a listening ear in a supportive, non judgemental environment.
Culture Club is for people with personal experience of mental health issues who want to see shows, plays, exhibitions, art events and more - with a friendly group.
Frazzled Cafe offers a safe, non-judgemental place for people who are feeling frazzled to meet on a regular basis to talk and share their personal stories.
Leeds Mind Befriending Service - city-wide service for people experiencing problems with their mental health, and who, as a result, are more likely to experience social isolation, or a limited social life. Access to the Befriending Service is through referral from a GP, a care worker, or a mental health professional.
Dosti is a safe and confidential support service improving women's mental health in Leeds. It offers therapeutic group and individual support which is specific to meet the diverse needs of Asian women. The staff speak various Asian languages. Dosti offers a range of support, from courses to peer support, arts and crafts to health and fitness, English language and computer classes to confidence building and benefits advice to counselling. You can refer yourself to the service or be referred. See their website for more details, or contact the office at Touchstone on 0113 203 8893.
Touchstone Support Centre is for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people who live in Leeds, who either have mental health needs, care for those with mental ill health or are at risk of developing mental ill health. The Centre supports people with a holistic approach that includes activity and social groups. You can find out about the support they offer, how to be referred and download a form on their website.
Support groups and networks for new parents and parents to be can be found in the I am pregnant or a new parent section.
Connect Helpline offers emotional support and information every night for people in Leeds 6pm-2am. Call Connect if you are feeling anxious, lonely, angry or just need to talk. Trained volunteers and workers provide compassionate, non-judgemental support and can give information about other services, if needed. Whatever your problems are - mental health, housing or money worries, caring for someone, bereavement or the end of a relationship - Connect can help. The service is also there for carers who need to talk to someone. Tel 0808 800 1212 (freephone)
The Samaritans - open 24 hours a day, the Samaritans will listen and help you find a way through. From relationships to money, health or family troubles - you can talk about whatever is getting to you at any time of the day or night. You don't have to be suicidal to call. Tel 116 123 (freephone)
Unique Minds is a group for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) men who live in Leeds, run by Touchstone and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service. The group launched on 12 April 2018 and meets on Thursdays from 3-5 pm at Touchstone Support Centre, Harehills Lane, LS8 4EX. You can just turn up to the group, or contact Patrick to find out more: phone 0113 260 9328 or email email@example.com