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LifeLines is a project run by Volunteering Matters, the UK’s leading volunteering charity which runs a wide range of volunteering and social action programmes. The programmes aim to create more integrated communities and reduce social isolation through volunteering.

Volunteers are our lifeline!

Jane and MaureenWe  recruit, train and support volunteers to start up their own chosen activities at a suitable venue – and have supported activities from computer lessons and ballroom dancing through to bereavement counselling.

Through volunteering, older volunteers experience reduced loneliness and isolation, become more physically active and leave their home more, socialising more and making new friends with people of all ages. Many volunteers on the project have called LifeLines their lifeline, especially those who volunteered after losing a loved one.

We also have opportunities for volunteers  to work one to one with older people accompanying them to health appointments (HealthLink), to help them get out more (Activity Partners) or improve their IT skills (LifeLines Connections – for volunteers aged 50 and over).

PrimeTime is the part of LifeLines that supports men aged 50+ living across the city of Brighton & Hove. In partnership with local organisations, Prime Time sends out a monthly newsletter via email, providing a database of useful contacts and a calendar of events and activities.  Prime Time also runs its own activities for men – these can be seen at the PrimeTime Arts page on Meetup

To find out more about  LifeLines, watch this short  film made in partnership with Hanover Housing and get a taste of the activities and classes on offer at Patching Lodge.  This film was created by Mike Swift:

Start volunteering today! Take a look at our volunteer opportunities now and get started.