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About Us

BDSP was established in 2007 by Jean Walker MBE, a resident of Bradford, to help take the pressure off adults who are experiencing loneliness. Jean served as a Trustee of the charity for many years, and has recently stepped down.

Many people with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions, experience feelings of loneliness. Finding themselves isolated from their social networks, normal patterns of life - such as going to the shops, meeting friends, and taking part in leisure activities - are disrupted. Slowly people become vulnerable to loneliness and anxiety. 

Often, after only a short time in hospital and with fewer contacts with other community residents, isolation can lead to a lack of confidence and self-esteem. For many, simply going out of their front door takes a lot of effort. This can be especially true if they have recently been discharged from hospital.

Our vision is to see isolated and vulnerable older people, from across the Bradford District, cared for and connected. We support those aged 60+ at risk of losing their independence, and regularly engage those with poor health, dementia and complex needs. Our volunteers are all trained to handle relationships sensitively and confidentially.


'To promote the relief of older people in any manner, which now or hereafter may be deemed by law to be charitable in and around the metropolitan district of Bradford’.

We achieve this by providing befriending support, events and activities to combat loneliness. This can also include information and advice to older people, quarterly newsletters to keep our members up-to-date with what the charity has achieved.


  • Reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst Bradford’s senior adult population

  • Help older people to be more resilient and independent as they grow older. 

  • Form partnerships with other groups and organisations to extend our work. 

  • Develop the skills of our volunteers and staff so that our activities are delivered to the highest standard.

  • Articulate the voice of senior adults across the District by seeking their opinions on new programmes.

  • Challenge discrimination against senior adults, especially those seeking employment.

  • Employ technology to reach adults who need support and to make sure access to our services is open to all adults in need.


Our values are embedded in the way we work and how we manage our services. The safeguarding of our vulnerable service users is paramount. However, we also seek to ensure all adults irrespective of race, religion, disability or other beliefs can access our services.

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