Welcome to Linking Lives Crofton Park
Linking Lives Crofton Park (LLCP) is a befriending scheme for isolated adults. Our aim is to confront isolation and loneliness in the local community through recruiting local volunteers to befriend and visit lonely local people. Volunteers visit their isolated friends in their homes for a minimum of an hour a fortnight; to share interests; conversation; and sometimes to accompany them to local activities.
LLCP currently has over 50 active volunteers, visiting some 35 people in the local community. Both volunteers and those they visit are of many faiths and none, and of many nationalities, ages and social groupings.
The youngest of the friends we visit is fifty-five and the oldest ninety-eight.
If you're interested in finding more about volunteering with LLCP or you know somebody who is isolated and might benefit from befriending, have a look at the stories and video on this page. You can find out more by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linking Lives Crofton Park is a franchise of Linking Lives UK, a national charity with over 30 projects throughout the country.
Alex, Louis & Mick
I had visions of playing Scrabble with a sweet old lady and maybe popping to the shop for her. Instead we got introduced to an 83-year-old, rock 'n' roll-loving, former club doorman, boxer/wrestler and self-confessed gangster who apparently once rolled with the Krays and the Richardsons! He still thinks he will be back out wheeling and dealing once he gets over his mobility issues. In reality he is very frail and can barely walk or stand for more than a minute, due to some pretty chronic circulation problems. Managing his expectations and getting him to recognise his limitations can often be quite challenging, and sometimes the lines between reality and his past can seem a bit blurry. He is very lonely, being effectively trapped in a third floor flat in a mid-c20 block with no lift. His only way in and out - on rare occasions like hospital visits - is on a stretcher, which is slowly and carefully lowered down three flights of communal stairs. He is reluctant to move to a ground floor or more accessible flat because his mother lived here, despite our gentle suggestions that he'd have more freedom if he moved.