Feeling Lonely?

Publish Date: 08/10/2012

We are can feel isolated at some point in our lives, whether that’s because of low confidence, lack of social networks, being unemployed, or having just moved to the area.  Isolation and loneliness can often stop us from being who we want to be and fulfilling our potential. That is why The Lesbian & Gay Foundation offers various support and social groups and also a Befriending service.

‘The service is a real help in a very difficult area of a person’s private life.  I wasn’t sure how my story would be received, but I was delighted to find that I was accepted in the most non-judgemental was which gave me all the confidence I needed to take the first step towards my new life.  Thank you for offering the service’

‘The groups are safe, welcoming, friending and supportive, really worth going, give it a try!’

Our groupwork programme is comprised of two mens groups, two womens groups and a mixed Art Class.  They offer a safe and supportive environment which is free from judgement and discrimination.  Group members can pop in to the group of their choice, meet new people and take part in discussions that are relevant to them and their situation.  There is also a social element to the groups, and activities you can take part in can include games, quizzes, films and arts and crafts. 

Our all new Art Class is also a great way to make new friends and explore your creative side (all abilities welcome and we will provide equipment!).  All groups have fully trained volunteers who are there to welcome, support and encourage you to fulfil your potential and reduce feelings of loneliness.  For more information about the groups we offer, please go to www.lgf.org.uk/groups.

We also realise that feelings of isolation and loneliness may stop you from coming along to a group, as not everyone benefits from being in a group situation.  The Befriending programme can help with this.  We offer up to 10 one to one sessions with a fully trained Befriender, who can support you and encourage you, even if it’s just regularly meeting with them for a brew and a chat.  Other activities include; going to art galleries and museums, taking up a new class or hobby, or going along to other social groups where you feel you need a familiar face.  Befrienders have even helped people apply for courses or jobs, so there is a practical element as well as emotional support.

All our Befrienders are fully trained and we will try our very best to match you with a suitable befriender.  We are even able to offer to meet with you in your home town, you just have to be over 25 and live in the Greater Manchester area. 

For a Befriending application form, or if you have any questions about either of these services, please contact kate.hardy@lgf.org.ukor phone 0845 3 30 30 30.  Alternatively, just drop into our office and ask a member of staff!