Friends Save Lives: TV and a cup of tea

WaveLength visited Orchid Friendship Group in North Nottinghamshire, which brings people together through befriending and a day centre. We gave them a big smart TV, a DVD player and four Hudl tablets!

“Since we’ve been running more projects in partnership with other charities and organisations, WaveLength’s equipment helps a huge and diverse variety of people. I like to get out and about to see some of the really amazing effects that our equipment is having up and down the country, and to meet the people we’re working with face to face.

“Recently I visited Ollerton in rural Nottinghamshire, to meet Lis and her Orchid Friendship group, which gives older people living in isolation the chance to make friends. They are picked up from all over the former mining villages in North Nottinghamshire, and come together on a weekly basis to make crafts, have a chat. Now that they have equipment from WaveLength, they can watch a DVD together, catch up on current affairs, or reminisce over old programmes too.

“We’re also supplying the Orchid Friendship Group with Hudl tablets. Lis thinks these will have an enormous effect on lonely older people. They may even help people to stay in their homes, due to online shopping and emergency contact help. Plus, technology like video messaging lets them stay in touch with family and friends living too far off to visit. The video below shows how the Group works and how much people love it, including one lady who sits with her coat on for an hour before her taxi comes just so she’s ready to go!”

“We’d really love to bring our equipment, especially the new tablet computers, to more and more groups of isolated people as well as individuals. If you’d like to help us out, take a look at our other YouTube videos, follow us on Twitter, or make a donation of any size through MyDonate. Thank you, for helping us help more.

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