Today, Rosalie Harrison – Psychotherapist chats with Nick Love on Jorvik Community Radio about “Connectedness”

We’re designed to live and work in groups.  The cultural shift from collectivism to individualism means we’re no longer very good at it – nevertheless, we really suffer physically and mentally in isolation. There has been a pattern of decline in both the quality and quantity of our connections, particularly in the last 50 years. In 1985 1 in 10 people said they had no one they could share a personal problem with. By 2004 this had fallen to 1/4. 

Why are we talking about ‘social connectedness’ and why does it matter?

What’s the impact of lack of social connection on our physical and mental health?

What can I do for myself and for my community?

Opportunities sourced through York CVS:

Role Models and Young Carer/Young Adult Carer Team Support Volunteers.

  • Organisation: York Carers Centre
  • Location: Across York
  • Website:
  • This is an opportunity to volunteer with young carers/young adult carers.
  • A variety of voluntary activity available, including admin and office support, arts and entertainment, befriending/buddying, campaigning, fundraising and volunteering with children and young people.
  • Opportunities for one off volunteering or ongoing volunteering.

Befriender for People with Dementia

  • Organisation: Beetle Bank Social Farm
  • Location: Osbaldwick and Derwent Ward
  • Email:
  • Looking for volunteers who can do either a full day or half day on a Tuesday.
  • Social, engaging and interacting with service users living with dementia.
  • Ongoing volunteering.

Community/Task Volunteer

  • Organisation: York Neighbours
  • Location: Across York
  • Website:
  • A local charity offering help with one-off tasks to people aged 65+ who wish to remain independent at home. Tasks may range from helping fix something in the house, taking rubbish to the tip, helping with shopping etc.
  • To apply, fill in an application form or register interest on the York Neighbours website.

Age UK- Various Roles

Time to Change York Champion

Move Mate- Walking Buddy