Telephone Groups are free telephone-based social groups for anyone over the age of 65. The group calls help older people to build local connections with their peers, forging new friendships and tackling feelings of isolation and loneliness. They are especially good for older people who may struggle with feelings of loneliness or isolation, and are perhaps without the internet, housebound or unable to engage in face-to-face activities.
The groups are made up of 5-7 people over the age of 65 who live in the same local community. They participate in the group calls for up to six months to enjoy friendly conversation and share experiences. The aim is that within the six months, the participants will feel they have increased social connections and confidence, and we will provide tools and support for the group to consider maintaining their friendships independently of Independent Age, either over the phone or they can even consider meeting in person. Please note, we are currently piloting these groups in Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Clackmannanshire, South East London and Essex, with the hope of running them in more locations soon.