It’s a shocking statistic that one million older people go for a month without speaking to anyone, and half of all older people consider the television as their main form of company.

Age UK Dorchester offers a FREE ‘Reach Out’ service, which provides volunteers for older people who have become lonely and isolated, and which can occur for a variety of reasons such as bereavement, ill health, or loss of confidence.

Volunteers play a key role in helping to re-establish social contacts, either by accompanying them to a local activity, or visiting them for a cup of tea and a chat. They can help people to find out about activities, groups and clubs in their area and to go along with them until they feel confident enough to do things by themselves.

If you would like to know more about the ‘Reach Out’ service in the Sherborne area or to volunteer for Age UK Dorchester in Sherborne, please contact: Cecilia Keedle Isack on  07890 561958 or email:

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