Friends are us: Wendy’s new group to combat loneliness

EVERYONE needs a friend and retired nurse Wendy Kettleton is doing her bit to help combat loneliness and social isolation in the community.

Susan Phillips, Susan Moran, Neil Terry, Robert Brown, Wendy Kettleton, Marian Ashworth, Emma Ditchett, Eva Booth, Margaret Riley

A counsellor and mindfulness facilitator, Wendy is also the founder of the Friend2U community hub launched in Heyside last month.

The group meets every Wednesday between 11.30am to 1pm at the Duke of York on Rochdale House. 

People who sign up for an eight-week subscription will receive 50 per cent discount for counselling, discounts from local businesses, access to a befriender service plus regular meet and greet venues.

“It is going really well but I don’t want it to just be a woman’s group because I know there are a lot of lonely men out there as well so please come and join us,” said Wendy.

“Loneliness and isolation has increased significantly over the years as our ageing population increases.

“I believe everybody is responsible to try and support this problem.

“The aim is Friend2U will develop into a community hub that involves a dedicated team of volunteers.”

Emma Ditchett, Susan Phillips, Wendy Kettleton, Eva Booth, Margaret Riley, Marian Ashworth, Robert Brown, Susan Moran

Wendy also offers advisory and counselling services service. 

“Failing memory is a growing concern to many people,” she explained.

“My role does not involve any form of diagnosis but to provide support, reassurance and advice on some of the reasons why memory fails.

“And when an older person becomes bereaved they really struggle to get back into the community. When this occurs loneliness and social isolation will follow.”

Anyone interested in joining Wendy’s Friends2U group can call her
on 07748 251368 or email

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