The Link Visiting Scheme is a befriending charity that supports isolated older people in the Wokingham borough.
There is mounting concern about the levels of isolation and loneliness, among older people in particular, and there is also growing evidence of the health risks associated with prolonged isolation and loneliness.
The Link Visiting Scheme uses a network of volunteers to provide friendship and social opportunities for those who are feeling lonely, with regular home visits and activities such as ‘Pie and Pint Club’ and ‘Understanding Computers’.
Working in partnership with Berkshire Community Foundation, Localgiving.com helps local charities and community groups to connect with supporters, fundraise online and take control of their future. In 2014/15, Link Visiting Scheme raised £1,057.67 using Localgiving.com.
“Our befriending scheme is about local volunteers visiting isolated elderly people in their locality – so it has been great to receive local donations via Localgiving.com and to benefit from matched funding.”
Link Visiting Scheme