Fighting loneliness through media technology

WaveLength is a charity that fights loneliness across the UK by gifting media technology (radio, television or tablet) to those who are lonely and living in poverty.

The people supported by WaveLength are lonely because of age, illness or impairment, or by circumstances which make it hard for them to leave the home or meet new people. The charity, which is marking its 80th Anniversary this year, therefore work with domestic violence refuges, young care leavers, homeless hostels, hospital wards, and day care centres.

In 2018, the charity helped over 12,700 people living throughout the UK. The gift of a radio, television, or tablet gives people the chance to re-connect with the world around them.

Clare is one lady who recently received a television. Experiencing several health issues and disabilities, Clare is often prevented from going out. Commenting on the impact the television from WaveLength has made, she said: “I found the TV to be invaluable as it is a real companion to me when I am bedbound and stops me from feeling lonely. I really enjoy tuning into my favourite programmes for entertainment and learning. The TV has made such a positive difference to my life.”

Alongside supporting individual applications, Wavelength also work with hundreds of organisations around the country.=

One of the organisations supported by the charity shares why having a radio or television can make such a difference to their clients who are suffering from loneliness: “Moving from a highly social environment, such as the night shelter, to a place all alone can be a daunting and very isolating experience. Providing someone with a television and radio is often all it takes to alleviate these feelings.”

To qualify for WaveLength’s help, people must be referred by a third party, known as a referrer. This can be a friend or neighbour, social worker, care worker, medical worker, housing officer, charity worker, volunteer, a member of a religious or community organisation.

If you are interested in applying for a piece of technology, visit to read the guidance notes and download an application form.

For more information on the charity, visit