Link Age Southwark works to combat loneliness and keep older people socially active. They make a huge difference to the lives of their service users and have grown their volunteering and groups this year. They now offer 20 groups and have over 500 befrienders.
Here's May’s Story:
May, 98, grew up in Bermondsey and now lives in East Dulwich. She was widowed at 65, and her son lives in Australia. She’s been using Link Age Southwark’s services for 13 years. A volunteer driver takes her to fortnightly Link Age Southwark bridge and lunch groups.
She says, “I joined Link Age Southwark when I was 85. I was lonely and bored before, as I’m not someone who can just sit around all day. By going to the groups I’ve met some wonderful friendly people. I have age-related macular degeneration and recently found I couldn’t see the bridge cards. I thought I might have to give up, but one of the volunteers bought some big cards so I could still play. I was so thrilled. I feel extremely lucky and I’m very grateful to Link Age Southwark for bringing joy to my life.”