Reflections on and solutions to the problems of loneliness and isolation

Welcome to the Radio Companions website where you can find details of the organisations featured in our campaign across radio stations in East Anglia.

Companions, known on Cambridge 105 Radio, Cam FM and Star Radio as Cambridge Companions, is supported by the government-backed Audio Content Fund. It’s designed to draw attention to loneliness and offer help and advice to listeners who may be suffering or may be able to reach out to support others.

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Personal reflections

As well as the many organisations who worked with us, a number of folks shared their personal reflections on loneliness.

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Age UK

Age UK is the leading charity for older people.

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Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

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British Red Cross

The British Red Cross is the movement that connects human kindness with human crisis.

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CALMtown St Ives

CALMtown aims to connect the people of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, to develop a community-led approach to mental health.

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Cambridge Community Arts

Cambridge Community Arts (CCA) helps to build community, connections and confidence through creativity. They offer creative arts courses in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

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Cambridge Literary Festival

Cambridge Literary Festival (CLF) began as Cambridge Wordfest in 2003. They held their first annual Spring Festival and added a Winter Festival in 2008. They continue to present two literary celebrations each year plus one-off events and digital content.

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Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council is county council for Cambridgeshire, based at Shire Hall in Cambridge.

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Care Network

Care Network provides information and guidance, practical support to help people stay at home and to connect with or support their local community. Over the years, they have evolved from primarily supporting older people to anyone over the age of 18 years.

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Centre 33

Centre 33 provides free and confidential support and information for young people up the age of 25. The service has hubs in Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough and Wisbech, and offer support with mental health, caring responsibilities, housing, sexual health, money, employment and more.

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COPE - Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise

COPE represents the older people of Cambridgeshire, ensuring their voices are heard.

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CPSL Mind

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) is a values-based mental health charity promoting positive wellbeing across our communities and campaigning against the stigma and discrimination faced by so many people experiencing mental health challenges.

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East Cambridgeshire District Council

East Cambridgeshire District Council work with the East Cambs Local community Facebook page to help during the pandemic.

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Illuminate

Illuminate is a professional, not-for-profit organisation specialising in mental health coaching and training to help people make positive changes.

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Lifecraft

Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives.

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Mental Health Mates

Mental Health Mates is a network of peer support groups run by people with mental health issues, who meet regularly to walk, connect and exercise and share without fear or judgement.

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Our Special Friends

Our Special Friends help ensure that vulnerable people continue to benefit from the companionship of animals through the most difficult of times.

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Peterborough City Council

Peterborough City Council is a unitary authority providing all local government services to the people of Peterborough and its surrounding villages.

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Richmond Fellowship

Richmond Fellowship provides support to thousands of people across the country to help them manage the day to day impacts of living with mental ill health. They offer a range of services including supported housing, community, crisis houses, residential homes, employment support and social enterprises.

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Romsey Mill

Romsey Mill works with some of the most marginalised young people and families in Cambridgeshire, providing relevant support in response to real need.

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Samaritans

Samaritans works to make sure there’s always someone there for anyone who needs someone. Volunteers at Cambridge Samaritans answered 30,000 calls in Cambridge alone last year.

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South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council aims to make South Cambridgeshire a safe and healthy place where residents are proud to live and where there will be opportunities for employment, enterprise and world-leading innovation.

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TNT Theatre Company

The TNT Theatre Company perform some short moments reflecting on loneliness.

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Melbourn and District U3A

The U3A is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community—those in their third ‘age’ of life.

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Wavelength

WaveLength is the UK’s leading loneliness charity giving media technology to those most in need.

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WEA

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities.

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Wood Green, The Animals Charity

Wood Green, The Animals Charity help some of the most unloved and unwanted pets get back on their paws, and finds them the perfect owner and a new forever home.

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WRiTEON

WRiTEON is an open scriptwriting forum made up of a large and diverse group of writers, actors, directors and producers from the Cambridge region and beyond.

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