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Are you or a relative lonely or struggling at home?  This section includes services that can help.  You can also search for groups, activities, befriending schemes  and social care support in other areas of the site.


Staying Connected

People of all ages may feel lonely for many reasons – they may have lost a loved one, be suffering from a lack of confidence or mental health issues, be feeling isolated in a new environment or struggling to get out and about due to age or disability.

This section has a range of support and services if you, or someone you know, are struggling.


How you can help


Safety at Home

  • If someone has had an accident or has come to some harm in their home, they may not be able to attract attention of neighbours, passers-by or people who call at the door.
  • Always be on the look-out for signs that something might be wrong:
  1. newspapers / post stuck in the letterbox for a few days
  2. curtains have been drawn for a few days when they are normally open
  3. lights left on during the day when they are normally off
  4. home in darkness when there should be someone at home
  5. bins have been left out when they are normally put away
  6. dog barking all day or the cat scratching to be let in.
  • If you are concerned about a neighbour, please knock on their door to see if they are ok. In an emergency phone 999.
  • Bad weather may mean that some neighbours can’t get out and about. They may need help with  shopping, clearing paths in the snow or ice, getting a repeat prescription, putting out bins, walking the dog – or they may just need to see a friendly face.
  • Phone 0300 500 80 80 if you are concerned about a neighbour being at risk of harm. In an emergency phone 999.
  • If you are concerned about security, contact Nottinghamshire Police for crime prevention advice: visit or phone 101 to find out more.
  • If you are worried that an elderly or disabled neighbour may not be able to fit their own smoke alarms, visit or phone Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 022 3235.

Adult Abuse

  • Phone 0300 500 80 80 if you are concerned about a neighbour being at risk of harm. In an emergency phone 999.


  • Look out for rogue traders or uninvited doorstep callers in your area. Phone the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 to report any concerns or visit for doorstep crime advice.
  • Tell your neighbours about the Checkatrade scheme, which is a database of builders, gardeners and other traders who have been approved by the County Council’s trading standards officers.

Notts Watch

  • Consider joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch or residents’ group in the area you live.






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