According to Facebook, the average person has 338 friends, which should mean our diaries are too crammed full of parties and coffee dates to ever contemplate being lonely.
However, we aren’t quite the socialites our profile pages would have us believe. In fact, despite the perceived connectivity that technology brings, we are actually becoming more isolated. Around 1 million older people in the UK regularly go an entire a month without speaking to someone and almost a quarter of disabled people say they often feel lonely. Not a pretty picture.
Our vision at Community Impact Bucks is ‘a better life for the people of Buckinghamshire’, and that means putting an end to loneliness and the physical and mental issues it creates. But where do we even begin?
It starts with people like 25 year old Ben Carpenter from Aylesbury, who originally contacted us in the hope of helping an elderly person with their shopping. After chatting to Ben it turns out that his love of Playstation and movies made him the perfect match for Rickie, a young man affected by cerebral palsy. Ben and Rickie get together every Friday evening and either head to the pub or go to cinema – a simple experience with life-changing potential.
‘I’m quite a shy person but the whole experience has been so positive. I really enjoy my Friday nights and love seeing just how much fun Rickie has. I would definitely consider him to be a real friend’
So, if your social network is in need of some real-life connection, click here.