Key Facts

  • Ran in Stockton from 2016 – 2018
  • Supported older people via befriending and social activities to combat social exclusion

One Small Step befriending project came to an end in 2018. If you would like to search for opportunities available in your area, please enter your postcode in our opportunity finder, or get in touch at

One Small Step is a befriending project which with the power of volunteers, helps break isolation suffered by hundreds of isolated adults over 50 in the Stockton area. The project was funded by The National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and was designed to supplement existing services, not replace any care services.

Trained volunteers act as “good neighbours” to isolated and vulnerable adults. Their roles mainly consist of good old-fashion companionship, with many making life-long friends. Volunteers may pop around for a cup of tea and a chat, or they may go out for the day. As well as this, volunteers support older people in their area to become more engaged with their local community. They do this by going to local, social activities, where they can meet people of their own age. Volunteers may accompany them, or if the individual is comfortable, simply drop them off.

This project aimed to improve the confidence and social interaction of older, socially excluded individuals. If mutually agreed, the volunteer offered lower level support, acting as a means to access social activities, or simply to visit new friends.

The project worked with the local Captain Cook museum in 2018. They posted a lovely piece on the work One Small Step does with their volunteers and beneficiaries – take a look here.

View One Small Step’s Winter Update 2017

Volunteering Opportunities run by this project: