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Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. They connect older, lonely people with local volunteers who want to make their lives a bit better. They do this by establishing groups that gather once a month on a Sunday.

Sheffield Groups

Re-engage currently have four groups in Sheffield.

Members need to be 75 years or older, living by themselves and feeling isolated and lonely. Each group is fairly small, with several ‘older members’ and 3-4 regular volunteer drivers. The groups meet at the home of one of Re-engage’s volunteers and enjoy an afternoon together. The groups are ideally suited to those that struggle to get out by themselves, and enjoy socialising in a friendly, welcoming environment with a small group of people, of varying ages. Participation for members is free and they are not expected to host gatherings themselves.

For more information about groups in Sheffield, contact Jane Murphy on 0744 2096 145 or email

Call Companions

During the pandemic, Re-engage have started a new project called Call Companions. This is a free service for elderly individuals who live alone and would like a regular phone call every 1-2 weeks. To access this service, fill in the online form.

Covid update 16/02/21: Most services continue under covid-safe conditions but may be experiencing changes to how they’re delivering their service. Contact Re-engage directly for the latest information
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