Loneliness is an emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship. It typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other people. Loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people. Feeling lonely is part of being human, but when it persists it can adversely affect your mental health, for example making you feel anxious about talking with others, causing a lack motivation to stay in touch with people, or feeling affected by stigma around your mental health.
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The National Algerian Centre aims to provide activities and services to the Algerian community in the UK as well as promoting the unique traditions and diverse culture of Algeria to the wider public.
Ageing Better in Camden is a partnership of older people and Camden organisations, working together to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people. Each month we produce various event/activities leaflets for older people. Get your copy here. We have also compiled a list of befriending services in Camden.
We offer help with job seeking, housing, health, drugs and alcohol, counselling, debt and advocacy advice and services, and social events. Our team will spend time listening to you, considering what sort of support you need and how we may be able to help. Here are some videos that show some of our work. And here are some stories from people Scotscare has helped.
- Our voices - raising the voices of people aged 60+ to ensure they have a say in issues that affect them.
We serve people in Camden, 60 years and over, on low incomes, who live on their own, are socially isolated or who may be living with a long-term health condition or disability. Activities include weekly socials, computer classes, craft, signing, chair-based excecises and health talks. Our members also benefit from reduced priced events, tea dances and coach trips. We work closely with the West Euston Time Bank (a sister organisation and charity) that has members of all ages, backgrounds and ethnic origins.
We are a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London and Open University. You can talk to us about anything – big or small – in complete confidence. We won’t judge you or tell you how to run your life: we’ll simply listen to whatever is on your mind.
All our volunteers are students themselves, who have undergone extensive training and who understand that university life isn’t always plain sailing.
Stuart Low Trust (SLT) is a health promotion charity based in Islington, but open to all. Our mission is to ensure that local people, especially those experiencing social isolation or mental distress, have access to the support they need for better health and wellbeing. We run a variety of activities, the majority of which are free or low cost. Most activities are evening and weekend events based in and around Islington. Watch the introductory video and check-out our forthcoming events.
Originally set up for the over 50s in Somers Town, The Magdalen Club at St Mary’s Church is now open to all. Open each Tuesday from 1.30pm to around 3.30pm, it is a place for meeting others, playing bingo and having tea and cake. There is no charge. Just come along.
We are a charity running choirs for people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and other challenges such as recovery or discrimination. In London, we run a weekly choir in Kentish Town.
We offer free and confidential help and advice for young people aged 12 to 24, and their parents and carers. Our work includes counselling and psychotherapy, multisystemic therapy and parenting programmes for parents and carers of 12 to 16-year-olds with difficult behaviour.
The Brandon Reach project service is for those who have lost their child through special guardianship or adoption and we offer individual therapy, group work, collective action, supportive counselling and signposting and linking to other services.
Service update: To ensure the safety of our members, staff and volunteers, the Healthy Minds Community Programme has suspended all of its fact-to-face services for the time being, but we are far from inactive. Over the past three months, we have worked together with the Camden Resilience Network to develop the Healthy Minds: Digital Collective your one-stop-shop for the very best FREE online events, activities, courses, peer support groups and socials the borough has to offer.
There are programmes for under 5s; young people and those over 55. Activities are focused around responding to local needs, and encouraging people from all walks of life to get involved in activities which will build social cohesion. The over 55s programme is run from the Millman Street Community Centre, which includes performance, arts and crafts, and excercise.
During the coronavirus outbreak affecting the UK, Maiden Lane Community Centre management has decided to close the Centre and suspend Centre-related activities until further notice. In response to the COVID- 19 outbreak Maiden Lane Community Centre is working with a range of partners to re-open our Food Bank.
Our church is open every day to provide people with space and peace in a busy, and sometimes confusing, city.
Swiss Cottage Community Centre provides facilities for recreation and leisure-time activities with the aim of maintaining and improving the conditions of life for the residents of Swiss Cottage. There are activities and support for the over 60s including a social club and exercise, a dedicated play area for under 5's, language classes including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), a range of holistic therapies, room hire, and a community cafe with outdoor terrace.
We are a community association offering a range of activities for all ages, including bingo, singing, yoga exercises, and "knit & natter", plus Stay & Play sessions for parents/carers and pre-school children. Our priorities include reducing the impact of isolation among people over 60, promoting healthy lifestyles and creating a sense of local ownership by giving people more say in what is happening in their community.
The British Red Cross Camden Reablement service provides short-term practical and emotional support to vulnerable and isolated people at home. Read about the Red Cross's work in London and its Support at Home service in Camden.
If you are a health and social care commissioner, please look at our information for commissioners.
Free and confidential time-limited individual and group psychotherapy/counselling to people 55 and over who are registered with a GP surgery in Camden. The services are open to people of all ethnic and cultural groups, and those who identify as LGBT. Home visits can be arranged for people with limited mobility. Counselling is also offered to people with dementia in the early stages or with memory issues. Weekly regular sessions can provide valuable and confidential support where people can begin to explore any difficult feelings or concerns they may have.