Many people suffer from loneliness, often if they don't have family or friends who live nearby or when long-term friends or partners have died. Loneliness can have a negative effect on your health.
Volunteers (known as befrienders) can help. Sometimes the volunteer can visit you in your home, or you might like to be called on the phone at a certain time each week.
Befriending for children and young people in care
If you are under 18 and in care, the Young Lives Foundation can offer mentoring and befriending from adult volunteers.