Combatting loneliness and isolation in our community

The challenge...

There are 1.2m chronically lonely people in England, and many more across the rest of the UK, making this a major issue that is now recognised in society today.

Over one million older people over the age of 65+ in the UK say they are always or often lonely.

Loneliness can lead to greater reliance on health and social care services and studies suggest that people with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Source: AgeUK, 2018

Our aim is to prevent isolation and loneliness by providing companionship, advice, support and services which enable older people in our community, to live the lives they wish to live

At Rotherfield St Martin...

RSM member in an aeroplane

We believe that age is just a number and that older age should be celebrated

RSM member painting

We provide innovative, community-led activities enabling older people to lead active and fulfilled lives

Jo Evans with an RSM member

We take time to get to know members of our community so that we can offer targetted support

Holding hands

We provide a community hub where people can drop in for support, advice, or just talk

RSM team photo

We are always at the end of the phone

Learning to knit

And it’s not just about older people in our community. Through intergenerational work we bring young and old together to transform lives

Since 2004, RSM in numbers...

cakes made
cups of tea made
social & medical drives
social interactions

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Important message

With our aim being to combat isolation and loneliness, we have had to make the very hard decision to cancel all our clubs, to protect our lovely older friends from the threat of Coronavirus.

Currently our office is open and we will be making regular friendship calls to our members to combat total isolation.

UPDATE 30/03/2020:

We have founded a community-wide initiative (for all members of our community) called ‘Parish Pals’ to compliment our usual work. Endorsed by Rotherfield Parish Council and supported by skilled volunteers, Parish Pals has been established so that anyone in our community knows how to safely ask and receive help and volunteer.

For more information, please see our dedicated page:
Parish Pals

If you would like to co-ordinate a group in your street, please email

You can join the Parish Pals Facebook private group page here – you will need to confirm you are a resident.

Many thanks, RSM