Christians Together Against Loneliness is coalition of Christian organisations active in alleviating loneliness in society. We are working together to inspire, inform and challenge churches, Christian organisations and individual Christians around the issues of loneliness and isolation.
The organisations involved
BRF Anna Chaplaincy for Older People are equipping a network of people across the UK, to offer spiritual care to those in later life. Through their support, encouragement and by listening to their stories the older person feels valued and included, and so less isolated and alone. Messy Vintage offers a practical way to use Bible-based craft activities to reach out and provide group social events for older people.
The Arthur Rank Centre is an ecumenical Christian charity which has produced a Rural Isolation and Loneliness resource; providing practical ideas for individuals and churches to support the plight of loneliness on a local scale. A range of tools – such as the Rural Table Talk (from the Ugly Duckling Company) and a set of printable pledge cards – are also available to aid conversations around these topics, with the ultimate goal of bridging the disparity in rural relationships.
Care Home Friends alleviates loneliness amongst care home residents. They work in partnership with churches to raise up an army of trained volunteers to bring companionship and support to some of the oldest and frailest people in society.
FaithAction is a national network of faith-based organisations (FBOs) involved in social action; from lunch clubs to “visiting teapots,” tackling loneliness and fostering belonging is at the heart of what FaithAction members do. FaithAction have published reports on the work of FBOs in tackling loneliness, and are currently working on a project to ensure these groups are well equipped to link in to social prescribing connector schemes across the UK.
Faith in Later Life exists to inspire and equip Christians to reach, serve and empower older people everywhere. A key part of our work is encouraging and equipping churches to reach older people in their communities who may be lonely or isolated. Our website hosts a national directory of churches holding outreach activities for older people; and we support a national community of Church Champions, encouraging and equipping them in reaching older people in their communities.
Linking Lives combats loneliness and isolation amongst older people through home visits and telephone befriending. They work in partnership with churches and Christian organisations to set up befriending projects.
Parish Nursing trains and supports nurses and local churches/Christian organisations to reach out into their community using health care and health education with an intentional focus on spiritual care. Parish Nurses are particularly interested in the whole wellbeing of their patients and thus incorporate combatting loneliness as a central theme within their practice.
Sanctuary recognises that mental health challenges can affect anyone and that this can lead to isolation for those who live with ongoing mental distress. In producing resources and training we help equip the church to respond to these challenges, helping churches to grow communities which build participation.