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Social activities, getting out & about

Use the following sections for more information on social activities and how to reach them. There is also a list of services available in the area and can be found in the 'Related Services' section on this page.

Befriending & support

Befriending offers reliable support through volunteer befrienders to people who are lonely and isolated.

Everyone needs other people in their lives, but not everyone has someone. If you become isolated because of ill health, disability, mental ill health or social disadvantage, a befriender can often fill a big gap in your life.

Befriending services have been developed by voluntary organisations to provide people with opportunities for social interaction and a sense of being part of a community.

A befriender can offer you:

  • someone to talk to who will listen to you
  • someone to go out for a coffee or tea with
  • someone to share a leisure activity with
  • someone to attend a group with you

Some organisations in your area have been highlighted below and to the right in the related services section. Alternatively you can search the main directory of services.

Social activities & getting out

Within the directory there is a vast range of activities and events to get you out and about. Please check the 'What's on' section and also click the pre-programmed search criteria below for more details. 


Community Transport Services such as Phone n Ride and Dial a Ride offer transport solutions for people who have difficulties accessing conventional forms of public transport in the area.

Please  see below for more details on Phone n Ride, Dial a Ride or the Wheels to Work Scheme.

Hospital Transport

If you require ambulance transport please contact Thames Ambulance Service on their freephone number 0808 164 3030.

Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport.

Apply online for a blue badge on the Gov site -

The scheme also applies to registered blind people, and people with very severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand. It allows badge holders to park close to their destination, but the national concessions apply only to on-street parking.

Video courtesy of Surrey Council


The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is an opportunity for you to let us know what it’s like to receive NHS services as a patient, relative or friend.  It offers you the chance to provide comments, compliments or raise concerns about the services you have received and helps the Trust to ensure that high quality, responsive services are available.

PALS is a free, confidential service available to offer help, advice and information on NHS services and is designed to help patients, carers and staff get the best out of what the NHS has to offer.
North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a dedicated PALS team dealing with matters relating to Primary Care Services in the local area. These include those NHS services offered from your GP Practice, Dental Surgery, Pharmacies (chemists) and Opticians and all Adult Social Care Services.

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