We are pleased to announce that you helped us surpass our target for this appeal which funded several projests across the UK. Your donations can make a huge difference so please consider donating again to our Christmas Appeal

Help us combat social isolation by making a small donation to our appeal. 

Many people with disabilities and mental health needs find it hard to engage with their local community, which can lead to them living very lonely and socially isolated lives. It is vital for the people we support to be able to access their community, build relationships and have the same opportunities as everyone else. This is why we are asking you to donate to our social isolation appeal.

We need you to help us combat social isolation and give the people we support the chance to bring people together in their local community, by setting up groups, events or activities.

Jodie* had been living in a shared house for over 22 years. Having suffered severe mental health issues, she now lives alone in a new community and receives 24-hour care. Being able to provide Jodie with the funds to organise a community event meant that her self-esteem improved and she naturally formed new friendships. Without this she could have been vulnerable to becoming increasingly socially isolated in a new and unfamiliar situation.

Donate now and help others like Jodie to feel happy and secure in their community.


Bring communities together

Last summer, one of our services in Chesterfield held an event that demonstrated just how successful such community projects can be. They hosted an all-singing, all-dancing Wild West tea party - and we made a fantastic video of the event. Take a look:

On a more festive note, in December 2014, United Response’s Community Network in Cheriton hosted an event on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The community came together to share music, poetry, companionship, festive food and gifts. Without these events, many people would have been alone over the festive period.

Just 50 donations of £10 could help fund an event like this and reach many more lonely people throughout the coming year.

How your money helps

Life can cost an extra £550** a month on average for disabled people. With these added costs of everyday living and the ongoing nature of disability, it can be hard to find enough money to socialise.

Just eight donations of £20 could help cover the costs of setting up and running monthly sensory book-sharing sessions at a local library for eight months - enabling people with sensory impairments to come together and build friendships through storytelling and sharing.

Projects like these have an enormous value and a lasting effect on the lives of the people we support and those around them.

We need you to give today so that we can work with the people we support to combat isolation together.

If you would like to donate by post you can send it to our freepost address; FREEPOST RTRX-TKBZ-AAHZ, United Response, Highland House, 165 Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1NE. Please make sure you note it is towards our Social Isolation appeal.  

*names have been anonymised to protect people’s privacy.

**Sourced from Scope’s report ‘Priced out: ending the financial penalty of disability by 2020’