There are 1.8 million people over 75 in the UK who are profoundly lonely.  One of the organisations Jubilee+ works with is Linking Lives UK, a charity working with churches and Christian agencies to set up befriending schemes that can have a significant impact on the lives of those who take part. The Church Urban Fund found that almost 70% of Anglican clergy see loneliness as the biggest issue in their communities. You may also be aware that the government produced a Loneliness Strategy last November and Linking Lives UK is working with them, along with other Christian organisations, to discuss the role of churches and faith groups in addressing these issues.

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